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Lime scooters are feminist chariots

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18.04.2019

OPINION: I'm a fully signed up fan of Lime scooters. I think they're up there with Uber Eats on the list of most life-changing apps – except they don't prompt as much guilt when you look at how many times you used them this week.

I love everything from their natty green paint job to their healthy sounding name, to the way they zip through paralytic CBD 5pm traffic. I've defended them loyally to many grumpy Uber drivers, foaming talkback show hosts and bemused parents. So you can imagine how stoked I was when they recently evaded the bum-crushingly boring death grip of Auckland Council to return to our streets.

And just in time. See, winter is coming. Coats are coming out, the streets are getting dark at 6pm and leg hair is now luxuriating freely beneath my safely opaque woolly tights. And whilst I do love winter, the season has a nasty habit of bringing up a whole host of gnarly issues for women living, working and getting around in our cities.

For a start, there is a whole web of silent, sticky logistical concerns that go through your head as a woman moving around a city that clearly wasn't designed with these in mind. It's a huge pain, the recurrent, "but wait…!" voice that........

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