Dunedin relying on 'common sense' to keep Lime scooters off Baldwin Street

Breakfast 10/01/2019
Baldwin St is the world's steepest residential street.

The Mayor of Dunedin is banking on "common sense" to keep residents from attempting to ride a Lime scooter down the world's steepest street.

The electric scooters roll out in the southern city on Thursday, after successful launches across Auckland, Christchurch and Hutt City.

"We're looking forward to the innovative service they will provide," Dave Cull told RadioLIVE on Thursday morning.

"Twenty percent of our population are tertiary students, so it will be a great boon to them having another option for moving around."

Dunedin is also home to Baldwin St, the world's steepest residential street, but despite the 20,000-strong student population Mr Cull doesn't foresee a dramatic rise in ACC claims.

Lime scooters have taken several NZ cities by storm.

"They might go up it alright, but it'll be terrifying coming down," he said.

"We'll just have to manage it, and rely on people's common sense. I would think that a Lime scooter coming down Baldwin St would be a danger to pedestrians, but it's a damn sight more dangerous to the person riding it."

In the first six weeks in New Zealand, Lime scooter accidents resulted in nearly 300 ACC claims.

Mr Cull says the council and police have been working closely with the company to ensure the Dunedin rollout doesn't see that number rise.

He says there might need to be some law changes made to make it safer for everyone.

"If you're allowed skateboards on the road, why would you have Lime scooters on the footpath? It seems to be the wrong way around."