Nita Blake-Persen, Reporter
A bylaw might need to be changed to allow electric scooters to travel in cycle lanes, Auckland's mayor says.
Auckland councillors will not bring in speed restrictions for the hundreds of electric-scooters used around the city, despite another thousand scooters being rolled out this weekend.
Last week Auckland mayor Phil Goff requested urgent advice around how to improve e-scooter safety.
An urgent memo sent to councillors has advised them not to crackdown on the scooters, but instead roll-out an education campaign around safety.
The memo states that "reducing rental e-scooter maximum speed, reducing the number of e-scooter rentals and revoking the licenses for the pilots are not advised at this stage".
It also advises that in the first week of the launch of the Lime e-scooters, there were around 40,000 trips and 14 injury claims reported to ACC related to e-scooters.
By comparison there were 32 injury claims from non-electric scooters in Auckland and Christchurch and an additional 80 across other regions for the same period.
That number has since climbed to 66 claims for e-scooter injuries.
This Saturday there will be another 1000 e-scooters hitting the streets of Auckland when the bike-share company Onzo begins its three-month trial.
Mr Goff said e-scooters were not allowed to use cycle-ways but that needed to change.
"It makes much more sense for them to be on the cycleway than on the footpath."
Mr Goff said that could require a regulatory change, which he would be pushing for.
He also supported the idea of a speed-limit change, but said that may require the Transport Agency to change the law.
The Lime e-scooters are also available in Christchurch - the city council said it was waiting to see how the three-month trial of 400 bikes across the city went, and had no plans to introduce more trials in the meantime.