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New shared transport may scoot into Christchurch

Harry Poland

Electric scooters could displace push-bikes as the city's shared transport provider.

The Christchurch City Council is considering a proposal for a city-wide electric scooter share service.

American-based company, Lime Technology, has applied to for a three-month pilot period to test out the scooters.

The company wants to bring in 700 electric scooters for the pilot. 

The city council's strategy and tranformation manager, Brendan Anstiss, said the scooters would offer residents and visitors a fun and active way to get around the city.

The app-based service would allow people to pick up and pay for the use of the scooter through their smartphone. At the end of the day, people will be able to leave the scooters at their destination and the scooters will be collected and re-charged overnight.

This service is already available in several cities overseas.

The interest in the electric scooters comes after the crowd-funded Christchurch Bike Share came to an end.