The city wants your opinion on electric scooters throughout Calgary

Sep 24 2019, 3:02 pm

To scoot or not to scoot?

That is (kind of) the question that the City of Calgary is asking the public following the first few months of the shared electric scooter pilot project.

Since July of this summer, the city has allowed two companies to operate a total of 1,500 shared electric scooters throughout the streets of Calgary.

According to a release from the city, Calgarians and visitors have ridden a total of 1.13 million km in that time alone, and the city is now looking for feedback on how those rides went.

“Citizen and business feedback will be used to help inform future improvements to the pilot and ultimately help determine if shared mobility services, such as scooter share, will be implemented permanently,” said Andrew Sedor, business development coordinator with the City of Calgary, in the release.

That feedback will then be put into a report later this year and submitted to council to influence the future viability of the project.

“The data so far shows us that many Calgarians are using the scooters for short trips, to complete the last leg of their journey within the downtown core – but this data can only tell us so much,” said Sedor.

“Through the survey, we look forward to hearing about the experiences of those using the scooters, as well as those sharing the pathways and sidewalks with them.”

If you haven’t given the scooters a try yet, you may need to act quick — the city plans to take the scooters off the streets for the winter starting in November, though they will be returning by March 16, 2020.

Those hoping to have their say about the new transportation options can head over to the City of Calgary’s website and fill out the survey.