Riders flooring it at 14kmh

Their steeds may have been more battery-powered than horse-powered, but Manawatu's mobility scooter users were still keen to see how fast their rides could go.

About 50 riders took part in the annual Horizons Regional Council Mobility Scooter Day at the Esplanade in Palmerston North yesterday - the same day as the Melbourne Cup horse race.

Among the activities in an obstacle course set up for the riders was a police radar gun which clocked the scooters at top speeds of up to 14kmh.

"Days like today provide a great opportunity for mobility scooter riders to have a bit of fun and exercise their inner speed racer in a safe environment, but when you're riding on the footpath you do need to take care," Horizons road safety co-ordinator Alane Nilsen said.

"You don't have to sit a test to drive a mobility scooter but you do need to be aware of your surroundings and drive defensively to keep yourself and others safe.

The group heard from Horizons' road safety co-ordinators and police about the best ways to stay safe.

The event is usually held on Melbourne Cup day with each scooter given a horse to support.

Manawatu Standard