Scooting safely

Scooters are a quick and easy 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.

It's about keeping everyone safe – and helping to make sure people using our streets and footpaths also feel safe. In line with the launch of electric scooter share companies in Wellington, Wellington City Council created a scooter safety campaign with four safety messages for all scooter users:

Scoot safe

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

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 nice

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.

Scoot neat

Park out 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.

Campaign poster images. Scoot safe. Scoot solo. Scoot nice. Scoot neat.

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 cyclists, other road users and pedestrians 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.

The Transport Agency also strongly recommends that scooter riders wear helmets.