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By KRIS SHANNON
Wellington scooter users are
running red lights because
traffic light sensors are unable
to detect their presence at
The sensors work by
detecting a vehicle s magnetic
field and are designed for cars
and motorcycles with sufficient
mass of metal.
Smaller vehicles with alu-
minium frames do not trigger
the sensors, leaving the lights
red and scooters stranded.
Victoria University student
and scooter user Jess Oos-
thuizen said she often ignored
red lights at sparsely
I used to run six or seven
red lights, because I knew [the
sensors] would never pick me
I would look ahead and
zoom straight through.
Scooterazzi staff member
Tim Hackett said with the
number of scooters on Welling-
ton roads set to increase with
the price of petrol, the problem
was not the best .
It does probably lead to
some unnecessary running
lights, especially late at night.
You pretty much have to
learn to deal with it.
Traffic signal engineer
Anton Swagernan said the city
council was aware of the prob-
lem, but because the sensors
were aimed to recognise
vehicles with high magnetic
fields there was not much that
could be done.
We tried to do something to
the sensitivity -- in some cases
we have special bicycle
detectors which are more sen-
sitive -- but some scooters are
made from materials that don t
work, said Mr Swagernan.
He recommended scooter
users stuck at lights should
dismount their vehicle and
press the pedestrian button at
Miss Oosthuizen said this
was an awkward option while
on the road.
Sometimes I ve done that
but people in the other lanes
look at you and are like, What
the hell .
Wellington road policing
head senior sergeant Richard
Hocken said scooters caught
running red lights were subject
to the same fines as other
We ve heard [sensors] can
be a problem with expensive
lightweight alloy framed
bicycles, but haven t heard it
being a scooter problem.
He agreed pedestrian
crossings should be utilised.
Treat for Chch pupils
Ellie meet Ellie: Ellie Shaw, left, from Brooklyn Primary School welcomes Redcliffs pupil Ellie Scott of Christchurch.
Photo: GEORGE HEAGNEY
By GEORGE HEAGNEY
Nearly 50 Christchurch pupils had a
fun time in Wellington last week,
thanks to the efforts of the children
at Brooklyn Primary School.
The children arrived for a camp,
after their school was closed by the
Brooklyn pupil Ellie Shaw was
thrilled when the Cantabrians
With the build-up it seemed not
real, she said.
It took us so long and it s so good
for them to be here.
Brooklyn teacher Clint Brandon
said it was a great effort for his
pupils to have raised nearly $11,000
for the trip.
It s good for them -- just from an
idea, for the kids to follow it
through, he said.
Redcliffs deputy principal Bruce
Ellison said it was amazing the help
Brooklyn school had offered.
I was just blown away that
people could care so much about
people they hadn t met, he said.
It s a bit stunning.
Redcliffs pupil Ellie Scott was
looking forward to the week of
activities, including a Laser Force
session, visiting Zealandia and Te
Papa, and a social.
Fellow pupil Dylan Ocheduszko-
Brown was also happy to be in Wel-
I m looking forward to the
museum and all the cool places
you ve got here, he said.
He had been on the school fields
when the earthquake hit and cliffs
behind the school collapsed, cover-
ing some of the students in dust.
I can t really say how freaky it
It took a month before the school
was safe to return to, during which
time the school operated in a
Some of the Redcliffs students had
not previously been on a plane or
been to Wellington.
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