Putting the E in electric transit: e-scooters and e-bikes hit Edmonton streets

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E-scooters and e-bikes will be back on Edmonton streets on Wednesday, and this time they’re available all year.

The City announced Tuesday it’s extending the shared micromobility program for another three years and making e-bikes and e-scooters available year-round.

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“We are excited to have e-scooters and e-bikes on our streets again to provide alternative modes of active transportation,” said Shewkar Ibrahim, City of Edmonton’s director of traffic operations, in a Tuesday release.

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“The city is committed to working with e-scooter and e-bike vendors to support safe rider habits and encourage Edmontonians to have fun and ride with care.”

The city has chosen two vendors to provide the equipment, Bird Canada and Lime, which have previously operated in the city. The update to the shared micromobility program will keep the fleet of e-scooters and e-bikes on Edmonton streets as long as the weather permits, and a new vendor fee structure will help address concerns with fleet management, improper parking, and street clutter.

The shared mobility program is a part of the city’s goal to have at least 50 per cent of all city transportation be taken by public transit and other forms of active transportation, like e-bikes and e-scooters.

“Edmonton riders have made us feel welcome from day one, choosing to get around on Lime e-bikes and e-scooters in record numbers that increase every year,” said Sonia Kandola, director of government relations with Lime, in a release.

“We are proud and grateful to be chosen as a long-term partner in Edmonton’s transportation system and we vow to the city and to our riders to continue investing in the best possible service.”

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Riders can use e-scooters and e-bikes along shared pathways, bike lanes, and roads, with a speed limit of 50km/h or lower. They are not allowed on sidewalks or park trails not maintained by the city. The vehicles will be equipped with a working bell or horn, and e-scooters will also have a hand brake, headlamps, red tail lamps, and rear reflectors.

Riders can use shared pathways, bike lanes, and roads with speed limits of 50 km/h or less and should ensure they’re not blocking sidewalks and building entrances when parking.

Parking and riding rules will be communicated with riders through vendor apps and will be available on edmonton.ca/scooters.

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