“Summers are excellent in Edmonton and getting around on active transportation outdoors is not only good for our minds and bodies, it’s good for the environment too”
Street-side e-scooter rentals and now e-bikes have started in Edmonton, but complaints from citizens last year mean there will be fewer on the road this summer.
The city announced Friday that it has landed on two suppliers to offer a cumulative total of up to 1,500 e-scooters and 400 e-bikes through the end of 2023, significantly less than the 4,000 e-scooters ordered by suppliers early last year. . Bird began deploying his fleet on Friday and Lime is arriving next week.
Spin, which rented out e-scooters last year, is not returning.
Jessica Lammare, director of safe mobility and traffic operations, said using a competitive bid to pick just two companies is behind the delay. Rentals were available at the end of March 2021.
The city experimented to let the market decide how much to offer, but they ended up with a smaller fleet, taking into account complaints and how many are available in other similar Canadian cities, Lammarre said.
“We had a lot of complaints from Edmontonians about the mess with the number of vehicles moving and the way they were being used, so we started reducing that fleet size,” Lammarre told reporters on Friday.
She admitted scooters are coming out a little later than the city would have liked, but Lammarre said she’s glad they’re back. These create an alternative mode of transportation and reduce traffic congestion, she said.
“Summers are excellent in Edmonton and being outdoors. Using active transport is not only good for our minds and bodies, it is also good for the environment,” she said.
“It activates our streets in a very different way. So they are certainly fun to move around, but they are also an option for connecting people, for people who are trying to get around.”
E-scooters and e-bikes are not allowed on sidewalks in Edmonton. Riders can use them on bike paths, shared-use trails and on roads with a speed limit of 50 km/h.
Helmets are not required, but the city recommends that people wear them.