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Lime e-scooter trial

Lime NZ has approached Tauranga City Council about trialling e-scooter rentals in Tauranga. A 12-month trial was approved by Council on 5 October 2020 and will start at the end of October 2020.

Why are we going with a trial?

Providing communities with more ways to move around the city is a priority for the council, and we see micro-mobility platforms like Lime scooters as an attractive option for some in the city.

A 12-month trial will allow us to measure usage and compliance, while also seeing whether people feel safe using the scooters, or sharing footpaths and roads with them. We will be asking for your feedback later in the trial. 

Why Lime NZ?

Lime is the leading shared e-scooter company in the world, with 5.5M trips having been taken on their e-scooters in New Zealand alone. They now operate in every city, (except for New Plymouth) and bring a broad depth of knowledge to Tauranga.

How long will the trial run for?

12 months 

When will the trial start?

The end of October 2020

Why has it taken this long to get e-scooters in Tauranga?

Tauranga City Council has benefitted by waiting, watching and learning from how e-scooter trials have gone in other cities. We think we’re in a better position now to set conditions that will work for Tauranga.

The trial was also set to start in May 2020, however COVID-19 delayed this.

What are the proposed conditions?

These are some of the conditions that the council wants included as part of the trial.

Hours of operation

  • 5:00AM to 12:00AM (midnight), Monday – Sunday. 
  • Earlier curfew of 10:00PM on Friday and Saturday in downtown Mount Maunganui and the CBD.  


  • Generally, Lime scooters top speed is about 25km/h but can vary slightly based on rider weight.
  • E-scooters top speed will be reduced to 15km/h when entering Mount Maunganui, city centre and Greerton Village. 

Restricted Zones

  • All cemeteries (from the nearest footpath or road boundaries).
  • Mauao access trails (restricted at Adams Ave/Marine Parade).
  • All unsealed pathways in council parks and reserves.

If a user enters a restricted zone their scooter will slowly come to a stop and the user will continue to be charged until it is parked in an authorised area.

Start/end of trip restricted zones

These are areas where users can travel through but not end their trip. Scooters are also restricted from being deployed or repositioned by the Operator/s.

  • All parks and reserves (must be parked outside of park boundaries).
  • All bridges and overpasses.

Using an e-scooter

E-scooters can be ridden on the footpath, shared paths and roadways.

On the footpath users must:

  • be careful and considerate, riding the scooter at a speed that doesn’t put other people on the footpath at risk
  • give way to both pedestrians and people on mobility devices.

On the road users must ride as near as practicable to the edge of the road.

Although a helmet isn’t a legal requirement, we recommend wearing one for your safety.

For more information on using a Lime scooter, visit their website.

Where to park a scooter

E-scooters should be parked upright and close to the kerb edge where lamp-posts, signs and rubbish bins are usually placed. This means they won't block the path of people using footpaths.

Don't park e-scooters on narrow footpaths or in busy areas where there isn't enough room for people to pass and don't park them up against fences, buildings or entrance ways.


  • Lime scooter trial

    October 2020 to October 2021
  • Survey on e-scooter trial

    Wednesday, 13 October to Wednesday, 10 November 2021
  • Analysis of survey results

    November 2021
  • Evaluation of the trial completed

    December 2021
  • Report to Council/Decision

    May/June 2022



Document library

June 2021 – E-scooter trial update report to Council - clause 11.3

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