“Rules need to include maximum speeds on city footpaths and requirements for bells or other warning devices on the faster vehicles using footpaths,” he says. "As happens at sea, faster users need to give way to slower users."
The Board wants measures to educate the public about these rules and to enforce sanctions for breaches. Holm suggests that there should be a well-publicised complaints procedure; "There is a need for the increased funds now being allocated by both the New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport, for safety improvements to include proper enforcement," he said.
The Board is not proposing total bans on the use of electric scooters but believes that the code of conduct set up for hirers of scooters failed to provide any means of dealing with their misuse. The code concentrated on measures to protect riders, such as helmet provision, without spelling out any requirements for avoiding harm to other footpath users.
The Board has also been actively seeking a bigger share of transport subsidies for upgrading footpaths, many of which are unsuited to shared use by pedestrians and vehicles able to travel at up to 25 kilometres per hour.