Select Committee hearing of the petition to rid footpaths of eScooters
Living Streets and representatives of other organisations belonging to the Footpaths4feet coalition spoke with the Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee on Thursday 25th June at 9.40am about the petition that we presented to Parliament last December. The petition asked Parliament to keep footpaths as safe places for pedestrians by passing a law prohibiting e-scooters and the like from them.
The petition has been somewhat superseded by the Accessible Streets Package which proposes that not only e-scooters but also e-bikes, ordinary bikes and other motorised individual transport devices be allowed to be ridden of footpaths, effectively turning them all into shared paths even though many of them are only 1.5m wide. We never dreamed such absurd proposals would be included. So our presentation will endeavour to encompass the broader topic.
The Select Committee proceedings can be viewed on its facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TISCNZ/videos/698547991014987/