Where Can You Ride An E-Scooter?
Whether commuting or enjoying a weekend ride along the waterfront, e-scooters are a great way to get around! That said, investing in a good e-scooter and knowing where to ride it, is the best way to maximise your experience.
As a leading electric scooter shop in Auckland, Freed stocks only high-quality e-scooters and knows all the local hot spots for a great ride! So, where can you ride an e-scooter in Auckland?
Read on to learn where to ride your sleek new e-scooter and what rules to follow to not be a menace!
Got Your Basics Covered? Things to Consider Before Riding an E-Scooter
If you’ve just bought your brand-new scooter, we bet you can’t wait to get on the streets! However, no matter where you ride your electric scooter, it’s important to take safety precautions and ensure you’ve covered the basics.
Familiarise yourself with your e-scooter before driving it in a busy area.
Wear a helmet. While there are no legal implications if you don’t wear a helmet, the council, NZTA, and us e-scooter providers recommend doing so to improve your safety and decrease the chance of injury.
Go slow to begin with, to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
Where Is it Legal to Ride An E-Scooter?
Can you ride an e-scooter on the road? The short answer is yes. You can ride your electric scooter on the road and footpaths in New Zealand.
On shared pathways you are required to give way to pedestrians and mobility devices. The North-western Cycleway in Auckland which follows the North-western Motorway is a good example of this. A main route into the city for ‘alternative’ transport (not cars) it is used by cyclists, pedestrians and all types of e-scooter riders.
Technically E-scooters are not permitted on designated cycleways, however, in practice this is the best place for you and our customers report having been directed by police to ride in the cycle lane where one is available instead of on the road.
The New Zealand Transport Agency advises that e-scooter riders operate their electric scooter in a considerate fashion and be aware of pedestrians and drivers. You can ride your e-scooter on the road in the same way you would a bike. Keep to the left as much as is practical and assume that drivers of cars can not see you.
Overall, the guidelines of where you can ride an e-scooter are fairly loose; however, it is an unspoken rule that reckless behaviour is not permitted; in the event of an accident where you hold responsibility, there may be repercussions.
Where Can’t I Ride an E-Scooter in Auckland?
You cannot ride your e-scooter on the motorway in New Zealand and should proceed with caution when on main roads as other road users are not generally expecting e-scooters to be moving with traffic.
Where Should I Ride in Auckland?
Luckily, there are many great locations where you can ride an e-scooter in Auckland! It all depends on what you’re looking for.
Electric scooters are exceptional for riding in the city as you can avoid traffic between destinations. For example, as a city-dweller travelling from Ponsonby to Parnell, an electric scooter is a great commuting option quicker than walking or taking public transport. There is also no need to fret over parking spaces as foldable electric scooters can be tucked away at your office desk and even charged while you work!
Saint Heliers to Mission Bay is an excellent city beachfront ride if you’re looking for somewhere to ride with a friend. Going for a scooter ride along the waterfront helps you escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the views without getting tired.
Alternatively, large parks such as Victoria Park, Western Springs, Cornwall Park, or Pukekawa (Auckland Domain) are great places to enjoy a scooter ride; these parks have great walkways to scooter along with next to no obstacles!
The Auckland City Council Publishes Cycleway maps and these are available for free at Freed Electric Scooters.
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Whether you’re looking for high-performance electric scooters or ones with ultra-portable frames, we have the best e-scooters to explore. Browse our range of electric scooters and accessories online today to get the latest models at the best prices. Don’t be afraid to reach out if you need more advice; our friendly team is here to help and would be happy to answer any e-scooter questions, so get in touch!