Lime in Dunedin

I received a lime tree for Christmas. I’m not sure how well it will grow here in Dunedin, but lemons do ok if you protect young trees from frost, so it is worth trying.

But different limes are arriving here today – ODT: Lime time here for Dunedin

Dunedin has officially joined the Lime scooter craze as 300 e-scooters hit the streets this morning.

From today, Dunedin will join Auckland, Christchurch and Hutt City as part of the United States company’s New Zealand fleet.

Unlike in Christchurch and Auckland, Lime would not be paying a fee to operate in the city, as it did not require a permit.

In Dunedin, two wheels good, four wheels bad, so this encouragement isn’t a surprise.

The company has hired about 30 employees, both full-time and part-time, to run the service in the city.

That’s a lot of employees, about ten per scooter, but it isn’t clear what hours they will work.

As I understand it employees collect scooters where they are left and charge them. Or are the contractors? I think that elsewhere they are paid per collection/charge.

In the six weeks after the New Zealand service became available last year, more than 500,000 trips were taken by 150,000 different riders, according to figures released by the company.

Time will tell if the become ‘a craze’ here or not.

I wonder how well they will go up Stuart Street, or High Street, or View Street. And I wonder how many are tested out on Baldwin Street. Brakes would be more important than uphill grunt.

There were also nearly 300 ACC claims for injuries sustained while using the scooters in the same period.

That shouldn’t be a problem here, a new hospital is planned to be built in the next ten years or so.

Key details:

  • Phone app used to locate a scooter and hire
  • $1 to hire plus 30 cents a minute
  • Helmets recommended but not compulsory
  • Allowed on roads, footpaths, separated cycle lanes and shared paths
  • Not allowed on dedicated (painted) cycle lanes

That last one is likely to be ignored given that they are allowed to be used just about everywhere else including footpaths.

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23 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 10, 2019

    I think Lime’s T&C say the scooters are not to be ridden downhill. How will that work in Dunedin?

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    • I’d say often ignored.

      ODT says ‘can be picked up or dropped off anywhere in the city”. There’s quite a bit of flat, but also quite a lot of hilly streets and suburbs.

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  2. acrossthespectrum

     /  January 10, 2019

    Do old fat women ride scooters or do only thin young women ride scooters?

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  3. Zedd

     /  January 10, 2019

    I’ll keep a look out.. ‘Zedd on a Lime’ in the octagon.. cool 🙂 😀 😀

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  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 10, 2019

    “300 e-scooters hit the streets”
    “about 30 employees”

    “that’s a lot of employees, about ten per scooter”

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  5. Gezza

     /  January 10, 2019

    “There were also nearly 300 ACC claims for injuries sustained while using the scooters in the same period.”

    That shouldn’t be a problem here, a new hospital is planned to be built in the next ten years or so.

    I laughed out loud, and I’m still chuckling as I type this.

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  6. Gezza

     /  January 10, 2019

    I once watched on, gobsmacked, on a stinking hot day, in a Wellington bus terminal hub, as an irritating late-teenage skateboarder, who kept getting in everyone’s way as they walked to their buses, lost control of his skateboard and slammed it into the ankle of a big burly red-headed bloke – who lost his rag, picked up the skateboard, and hurled it at the rider, hitting him in the arm and torso.

    Aforementioned tall, lithe youth foolishly reacted to the pumping adrenalin and bullet-proofedness of youth, ran at & swung the skateboard at Big Red’s head, who blocked the blow with his burly forearm, and & proceed to demolish him with a flurry of punches, then as the youth collapsed, cursing, onto the concrete and paving stones, commenced whacking the skate board on a hard metal bench until it split into two pieces and one set of wheels came off, then got on his bus that had arrived and disappeared down the road, giving the fingers, as the youth banged on the departing bus’s windows, and yelled that he was calling the police.

    I’m expecting this sort of thing to happen to some lime scooter jockeys.

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    • acrossthespectrum

       /  January 10, 2019

      Males have too much testosterone. May be castration at birth should be compulsory world wide.

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      • Gezza

         /  January 10, 2019

        It’s the ape in us. Other animals sometimes smack their young for doing something that annoys or hurts them but it’s usually immediate and the young don’t fight back, they just keep out of the way. But this young ape threatened an older one and tried to dominate him. And he wasn’t part of his family or tribe.

        The females in our species can be hierarchical too.

        Most of the time we can cooperate for the greater good of the tribe, so long as nobody is threatening or dominating those lower down in the pecking order other than those above us who we know can’t be challenged without coming to harm.

        Except where we have displaced the battle into the imaginary worlds we can create; where size & fighting skill doesn’t matter – we’re safe from physical harm, and the battle for domination can be transferred to being over ideas or opinions or wallet size. But the same thing is still happening.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 10, 2019

          It’s nothing more than adrenalin, really.

          I liked the story of three (at least) hoons attacking a British tourist in Florida. Alas for them, the tourist was a Welsh boxing champion and the hoons ended up in hospital suffering from GHB.

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          • Gezza

             /  January 10, 2019

            Adrenalin is released in the body response to a stressful, exciting, dangerous, or threatening situation. It helps the body react more quickly. Makes the heart beat faster, increases blood flow to your brain and muscles, and stimulates the body to make sugar to use for fuel.

            That’s all it does.

            The aggression above comes from still being an animal. It’s fine for people to think they’re not, if it makes them feel better to think oh no, we’re a higher life form than that. But we’re still animals. We can just do more with our extra brain capacity than most other apes because we can imagine and create mental pictures and movies in our heads.

            Underneath, still apes. Even our females are capable of anger and aggression – physical, or displaced into other more abstract arenas.

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          • phantom snowflake

             /  January 10, 2019

            Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate?

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 10, 2019

              Eh?

            • phantom snowflake

               /  January 10, 2019

              I think you meant “GBH”…

            • Gezza

               /  January 10, 2019

              No thanks snowy. Just coffee with milk and sugar for me.

            • Gezza

               /  January 10, 2019

              Oh sorry – I see you were asking Kitty. How embarrassing. 😦

              Apologies. Look, never mind, I’ll go & make my own coffee. 😐

  7. PDB

     /  January 10, 2019

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/domestic/109844802/all-whites-legend-wynton-rufer-suffers-heart-attack-while-riding-lime-scooter

    “All Whites legend Wynton Rufer has reportedly suffered a heart attack while riding a Lime scooter in Auckland.

    He was rushed to hospital, where he was put in an induced coma, but he has since come out of that and is expected to recover.”

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  8. Zedd

     /  January 10, 2019

    I went to town this arvo. they were buzzing about.. all around central city 🙂
    BUT I avoided a try…..

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    • Gezza

       /  January 10, 2019

      I saw several of them on 1ewes, not sure where. They looked like a fun toy. I expect they’ll be a toy that some people will hurt themselves and annoy others on. They may last as a fad. Although you don’t see too many hoverboards and segways around as I thought once that we might.

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  9. Zedd

     /  January 11, 2019

    I just went to PakNsave (Sth Dn) for my weekly grocery shopping.. there was a line of 6 lime scooters, outside (at the taxistand) a man came out & jumped on one.. shopping bag in hand 🙂

    Reply

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