Calgary hits 1 million total shared electric transportation trips

Jun 30 2020, 12:37 pm

Happy one million trips, Calgary.

A release from electric scooter-sharing company Lime states that Calgary has become the first Canadian city to reach one million total micro-mobility trips across all its vendors.

Anyone taking a trip to downtown would have a hard time not noticing the number of electric scooters strewn about the city’s sidewalks, part of Calgary’s ongoing shared electric scooter pilot project.

Last year also saw Lime post electric-assisted bicycles around the city, though those were removed from the pilot in order to focus on electric scooters.

“It’s really exciting to see Calgarians embrace micromobility as the city establishes itself as Canada’s micromobility leader, with more rides taken here than anywhere else in Canada,” said Lime Canada General Manager Michael Markevich in the release.

“Canadians are quickly adapting to life post-COVID and as a result, are rethinking their rides to prioritize safety, convenience and affordability. Calgary has not only led the nation, but also led the world. Riding is currently more popular on a per scooter basis in Calgary than almost any other city in the world that Lime operates.”

Two other companies, Bird and Roll, have also become part of the project, providing choices for those hoping to hop on two wheels for a trip.

The most recent update from the City of Calgary states that there are a total of 2,500 devices allowed to operate in the city from now until the end of the pilot project’s phase two, which ends on October 21.

The city also announced earlier this spring that participating e-scooter companies are paying for painted areas along pathways and bike lanes that will become designated scooter parking spots.

City Council will decide whether or not to allow e-scooter companies to continue operating in the city at the end of the two-year pilot project.