British Columbia, Canada: E-Scooters to be allowed in 6 cities as a pilot project.


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Electric kick scooters will be allowed in these 6 B.C. cities as part of a pilot project​

The Canadian PressStaff
Published Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:02AM PDT

VANCOUVER -- A newly approved pilot project will allow electric kick scooters to legally cruise the streets and bike paths of six British Columbia municipalities.

The Ministry of Transportation says in a statement the pilot project gives the province and the selected local governments a chance to assess the safety of electronic personal transportation.

The B.C. Motor Vehicle Act doesn't allow transportation such as electric scooters on roads or sidewalks, but a 2019 amendment permits communities to work with the province on pilot projects.

The six participating municipalities where e-scooters will soon be legal are Kelowna, Vernon, Vancouver, West Vancouver and North Vancouver city and district.

Once those governments pass bylaws saying where the devices can be used, e-scooters will be treated like e-bikes, where a driver's licence or insurance won't be needed but riders must be at least 16, wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road.

Dates for the passage of local bylaws haven't been set, but Mayor Kennedy Stewart says Vancouver aims to begin a trial of privately owned devices like e-scooters later this year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 23, 2021.

Ken M

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Ebikes are better and safer but escooters are still a viable micro-mobility solution. My guess is there will be some accidents but hope this does not distract from moving forward with way to integrate escooters, ebikes, and emopeds into the transportation mix.