Scoot and ride safely

Hiring e-scooters and e-bikes is a quick, easy and fun way to travel, but they can be a risk to you and others so it’s important to ride and park in a safe and considerate way at all times.

A person riding a Flamingo ebike on the street.

It's about keeping everyone safe – and helping to make sure people using our streets and footpaths also feel safe.

You’ll find lots of information about how and where to ride and park safely on Flamingo and Beam’s apps and websites.

Waka Kotahi’s Cycling Code has lots of guidance too.

The code complements the road code. It’s a user-friendly guide to New Zealand’s traffic law with a focus on the right thing to do when riding a bike.

This code is designed for people riding all sorts of bikes including e-bikes.

Riders of tricycles, push scooters, e-scooters, skates, skateboards and other similar ways of getting around, will also find it useful.

E-bike essentials

  • Always wear a helmet, it’s required by law.
  • Ride on the road or in designated bike paths and lanes.
  • If you are riding on a shared path, slow down, take extra care, and remember people on foot and with mobility devices have priority.
  • Park bikes in designated drop zones, or other permitted parking spots marked in the Beam and Flamingo apps if you can.
  • If that is not possible, park considerately in a spot where the bike is not going to be a risk to others.
  • Always ride carefully and be mindful of other road users and pedestrians.

E-scooter essentials

  • Ride the safest path or road. Where you feel safe, ride on the road. If you don’t feel safe riding on the road then ride on the footpath. Pedestrians have right of way at all times when you are riding on a footpath or shared path.
  • Scoot solo – just one person per scooter. Riding with more than one person on a scooter is dangerous for everyone, especially the two or more people on the scooter. No matter how short the trip, never have more than one person per scooter.
  • Scoot with care. Give way to pedestrians and people using wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Pedestrians have priority on all footpaths and shared paths in Wellington. Make sure you give pedestrians plenty of room when you are passing them. A friendly warning to make them aware of your presence is also a good idea.
  • Park out of the way of pedestrians. Considerate parking is just as important as considerate riding. Scooters left in the middle of the path, in front of gates and doors and near access ramps are a trip hazard and cause significant issues for other people. Before you leave your scooter make sure it is parked out of the way of any path or amenity that other people will use.

We also recommend scooter users follow Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s advice:

  • Ride at a safe speed that does not pose a hazard to yourself or others.
  • Be aware that people on bikes and on foot, and other road users may not hear you coming.
  • If you use the road rather than the footpath, keep as far to the left as you can for your own and others safety.

Waka Kotahi also strongly recommends that scooter riders wear helmets.