According to a press release by the city, the E-scooter pilot program will be implemented later this month or at the beginning of July.
"Airdrie City Council approved a two-year pilot program for shared modes of micro-mobility (including e-scooters) as well as the necessary changes to City of Airdrie bylaws to support micro-mobility and shared e-scooters," the statement read.
The City of Airdrie will engage three licensed providers in the first year of the pilot. These three licensed providers will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis and must comply with specific criteria.
"I’m looking forward to e-scooters launching in our city,” said Mayor Peter Brown. “Many neighbouring municipalities have introduced shared e-scooters and e-bikes with remarkable success. This is an environmentally sustainable transportation option that will help connect our community while being incredibly fun to ride.”
However, when it comes to personal e-scooters, according to the city's website, they may be used only on the pathway network.
"E-scooters on roadways and sidewalks are regulated under the Alberta Traffic Safety Act. Personal e-scooters are not allowed on roadways or sidewalks without a provincial exemption. Currently, shared e-scooters are granted a provincial exemption as the speeds and locations of operation are regulated, and each e-scooter provider is required to have insurance to hold a permit, and other requirements."
The city is also urging users of micro-mobility to practice responsible etiquette, including always yielding to people walking on the sidewalks and pathways, and using a bell to alert others when one is approaching to pass on sidewalks and pathways.
"Shared forms of micro-mobility, including shared e-scooters, are available for users of 16 years of age and older. Helmets are encouraged but not required. The maximum speed limit is 20 km/hr. Only one rider per device is allowed," the city website states. "Park in a secure, upright position in designated areas (where available) such as at benches, public bike racks or other marked parking zones. On sidewalks without benches or bike racks, please ensure there is at least 2 metres or 6 feet of clearance to allow for accessibility of residents using mobility devices such as a wheelchair."
Airdrie has over 140km of paved pathways that can support any form of micro-mobility and shared micro-mobility.
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