The three-yearly audit of Hamilton’s footpaths will for the first time be done using hi-tech scooters.
The audit of around 1000km of footpaths is taking place over October, with the information used to identify urgent maintenance repairs and guide the city’s footpath renewal programme for the next two years.
Two scooters will travel over all footpaths recording and rating any faults or defects, including damage caused by tree roots, utilities and vehicles. They will operate at a brisk walking pace and give way to pedestrians.
The use of the scooters is more efficient and cost effective, with the audit being completed over a month compared to the four months previously required to walk and inspect the footpath network.