Councillor Rick Curach has been left battered and bruised after crashing his electric scooter.
The six-term Tauranga City councillor broke two bones in his left hand and suffered multiple nasty gashes to his face in the accident, which knocked him out.
Curach, 60, said he left his Bayfair home about 1.25pm on Thursday to head to a council meeting.
He took the Matapihi cycleway as he had hundreds of times since buying his e-scooter two years ago.
Curach said he was going close to his top speed of 30km/h when he rounded a corner and saw a pyramid of stones