E-scooters officially hit Ontario's streets under new pilot project

Jan 2 2020, 12:59 pm

Motorized e-scooters have officially hit municipal streets, as part of a five-year pilot project being conducted by the Province of Ontario.

Under the pilot, municipalities have the option to choose whether to allow the scooters on roadways.

Municipalities that opt-in are now responsible for considerations, such as whether to allow or prohibit them on municipal roads including parks and trails, where parking will be located, and how e-scooters will be managed within the municipality.

Additionally, municipalities can choose to pass bylaws to allow the use of e-scooters and determine where they can operate most safely in each unique environment.

Regardless of location, e-scooter riders must be at least 16-years-old and wear a helmet, and their vehicles will need to have a horn or bell and a front and rear light.

“Ontario’s e-scooter pilot will help businesses expand, enrich local economies and offer people more options to get around safely,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Our government is strongly committed to promoting the highest standards of safety for all Ontarians who travel on our roads.”

The province says e-scooters have been launched in over 125 US cities and are being allowed under pilot conditions in Quebec and Alberta.