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A hint of Lime for Tauranga streets

Hamish Gleeson.

Back in October, residents in Tauranga will have noticed the arrival of a new travel gadget to the streets. Lime scooters were suddenly all the rage.

However, many locals are unlikely to have given this novel way of getting around town a try. They might be confused as to how it works or have worries about safety.

Lime Day 2021 aims to dispel those myths.

At the base of Mt Drury Reserve in Mount Maunganui this Saturday, the public can get involved and give Lime scooters a try, perhaps for the first time.

Organiser Hamish Gleeson hopes the event will give those trepidatious potential riders yet to take the two-wheeled machines for a spin, a chance to give it a go.

“We will have a whole bunch of Lime scooters lined up for people to hop on. People always see them and ask: ‘how do I ride it? What do I do? How hard is it?’

“It is really about showing people that it is as simple as just scanning the code on the scooter and basically just going for a ride.”

Tauranga City Council approved a 12-month trial of Lime scooters last October after an initial rollout in May was shelved due to COVID-19.

At the time, the council stated that ‘providing communities with more ways to move around the city is a priority’.

Hamish himself is a Lime user and believes this green method of transportation can help Tauranga reduce its carbon footprint while also reducing troublesome traffic problems in and around the CBD.

“I personally love Lime scooters. When I heard they were coming last year I was super excited.

“Hopefully, in theory, it will drop down traffic in the city and help the environment while we are at it.”

The scooters will be in demo mode for those who want to give it a go whilst representatives from Lime will be present giving tips on how to stay safe whilst on board.

The Mount Festival of Multisport is on the same day so Hamish is encouraging people to enjoy the ‘chill vibes’ at Mt Drury as a perfect way to kill time whilst the action unfolds.

You might even decide to take a Lime back to watch the action.

Lime Day 2021 will run from 11am – 4pm at Mount Drury Reserve.

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I tried one of these...

Posted on 25-01-2021 13:53 | By morepork

... last weekend, courtesy of a friend who has a cell phone. It was easy to ride but it couldn’t carry my 100KG up even a fairly reasonable incline near my house. It was also expensive and if you go 1 minute over your slot, you get charged for a full half hour. I won’t be using one and I honestly can’t recommend it to anyone other than young people who want the ride. It cant seriously be transport.

Unbelievable......

Posted on 25-01-2021 09:49 | By Bruja

What gets me is that those riding a two-wheeler bike MUST wear a helmet, can be fined for not doing so but no helmets required for lime scooters??? Really???? Nuts and unfair. Can someone in Traffic Police help me out on this? Cheers.

Taxpayer cost

Posted on 25-01-2021 08:43 | By normal local

Lime should be liable for the medical care for all the people that end up in A&E cause of them. Motorcyclists pay hefty ACC premiums on their registration, yet Lime scooters don’t require a registration.

The first.........

Posted on 23-01-2021 16:23 | By groutby

...brain injury as a result of not wearing a helmet should dispel the popularity of these things...

Awesome

Posted on 22-01-2021 23:54 | By

Great idea. Might even pop down there myself.

YES

Posted on 22-01-2021 17:00 | By R1Squid

A great way to spread all sorts of Germs - including Covid 19. I wouldn’t indulge even if I had a mobile device.

Hamish tells lies.

Posted on 22-01-2021 16:29 | By Accountable

There are no traffic problems in the CBD apart from the lack of ! Those of us in the CBD really wish there was a traffic problem but the truth is there is not a problem of the remotest kind ! The on street parking is occasionally full but the parking buildings range from nearly empty to at the worst half full. Come on down everybody and prove me wrong. See you here.