E-scooters hitting provincial streets starting next year

Nov 27 2019, 8:21 am

The Ford government announced motorized e-scooters will be hitting municipal streets starting January 1, 2020, as part of a five-year pilot project.

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

Municipalities that choose to allow e-scooters will be 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 their municipality.

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

E-scooter riders will have to 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.