City asking for public feedback as e-scooter pilot project comes to rolling stop

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Ninety-eight people have been charged.

“I think there’s a few (benefits). I think people have enjoyed it as a recreational device and we have seen some people use it for transportation. Personally, it does make the city more lively when used correctly,” said Sedor, adding another benefit is there is no need for physical docking stations, thus saving potential taxpayer money.

Calgary launched the e-scooter pilot in July last year with three permitted operators: Bird Canada, Lime and Roll. The city issued its first public survey last September and made changes, such as low-speed zones and share-and-go parking zones, for this season.

There are now 2,500 e-scooters in Calgary and a total 1,700,000 rides have been recorded on e-bikes and e-scooters, at 168,000 and 1,532,000 rides respectively. More than 2,263,000 kilometres have been travelled with an average trip length of 1.6 kilometres.

Jonathan Hopkins, director of strategic development with Lime, said Calgary has been one of their “most exciting” markets this summer, and recorded more trips per scooter than any other market in the world.

They have had more than 217,000 unique users, over a million trips and “riders have covered enough distance to have gone to the moon and back three times” since the pilot began, said Hopkins.

Calgarians ride e-scooters in Eau Claire on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. The City of Calgary is asking for online input as the shared e-scooter pilot program comes to an end. Photo by Gavin Young/Postmedia

He said with anything popular there will be a small number of people who don’t follow or understand the rules, which is why Lime has focused its efforts on curbing improper use. The company launched Lime Control last month with staff who proactively look for misplaced e-scooters and remind users of the rules.

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