Andy Smith, President of Living Streets Aotearoa talks to Phil Pennington, Radio NZ, about keeping our footpaths safe for pedestrians. We need better data on pedestrians, on our footpaths and how to improve them for pedestrians. Meanwhile the government has allowed e-scooters and is working to get more vehicles onto our footpaths!
The 2004 Road Rule change that allowed mobility scooters onto footpaths could not have considered the electric scooters we see today, they weren't around! A speed limit on footpaths was suggested but rejected. The safe speed on footpaths is walking speed for any vehicle user like mobility scooters or vehicles accessing a property - 5kms hour.