The City of Leduc is seeking your thoughts for the opportunity to introduce shared e-scooters to the community. Help decide if e-scooters are right for Leduc! Your feedback during the open house and in the survey will help us determine if we want to a launch a two-year pilot program to allow e-scooters on Leduc sidewalks and multi-ways.
Feedback will be collected from both the open house and the survey to help decide the future of e-scooters. We want to hear from you, let us know your thoughts via:
|Open House||Online Survey|
Nov. 30, 2021 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Leduc Recreation Centre or via Zoom.
* Speak with City administration and representatives from Bird Canada
Closes at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2022.
Bird Canada has approached the City of Leduc to propose the addition of shared e-scooters to the city starting out as a two-year pilot project. Feedback from the community will help to decide if the pilot will move forward in spring 2022.
If approved, the City will provide the framework, while the rest of the program and operation will be funded by Bird Canada.
The City can determine the following:
- Maximum allowable speeds
- The zone of use, and designated parking areas
- Designated slow areas with a high number of pedestrians, cars or other path users
- Whether e-scooters should be permitted on sidewalks, bicycle lanes, pathways, multi-ways, or local neighbourhood roads (collector and residential)
- Availability of use
Like other forms of motorized transportation, scooters are subject to laws governing safe usage, including but not limited to:
- Riders must be at least 16 years old;
- All riders are encouraged to wear a helmet when riding an e-scooter; and,
- All riders must agree to the terms of safe use when signing up for the e-scooter app.
What are the benefits?
There many benefits shared e-scooters can bring:
- Provide another transportation option to everyone in the community
- Reduce greenhouse emission by filling the transportation gap for short trips
- Support the growth of vibrant city and increase tourism
- Encourage people to get outside more and promote an active lifestyle
What does this pilot cost taxpayers?
There would be no cost to the City beyond administrative requirements for the initial public consultation and potential program start-up. Bird Canada would be responsible for program operations and advertising once up and running.
If this pilot is approved, when will it start and how long will it run for?
If approved, e-scooters will roll out in Leduc in spring 2022, and will run for two years, during which time the pilot will be monitored and data collected for evaluation.
Will I be able to submit feedback or concerns about e-scooters once the pilot starts?
Yes, the City of Leduc will work with Bird Canada to provide mechanisms for residents and e-scooter users to provide feedback about their experience throughout the pilot.
How will you evaluate whether the pilot is successful?
Data such as number of rides, public feedback, and any safety incidents or issues could be considered.
How has implementation of e-scooters gone in other municipalities? Have there been any injuries or accidents?
The City of Leduc is proposing to model this pilot after the program rolled out in Okotoks in summer 2021. Okotoks had 14,000 successful rides and no reported accidents or injuries.
When will a decision be made on whether the e-scooter pilot will proceed?
Feedback collected from residents will be presented to Council for consideration along with the proposed bylaw amendments in early 2022.
Where can I offer my thoughts on the proposed pilot?
A few options are available for Leduc residents to share thoughts and ask questions about the proposed e-scooter pilot:
- In-person on Nov. 30 at the LRC from 5 to 7 p.m.: speak with City administration and representatives from Bird Canada
- Virtually on Nov. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.: tune into the LRC event virtually to speak with City administration and Bird Canada representatives
- Online Nov. 19 – Jan. 10: complete the online survey.
E-scooters are battery powered and allow riders to use a smart phone app to locate, pay for and unlock a scooter, then ride it to their destination. Each e-scooter will be equipped with:
- a bell, brake and automatic front and rear light
- Georeferencing technology to automatically allow riding and parking only in specific areas of the City
How many e-scooters will be available in Leduc?
This has not been determined for Leduc yet; however, Bird Canada has recommended starting with a fleet of 150 e-scooters.
When will e-scooters be available for use?
This will be at the discretion of Bird Canada. It is anticipated they will be available once the snow melts and until early fall before the snow returns.
Will e-scooters be operational at night?
At this time, it is proposed that e-scooters be available at any time of day, including overnight.
What does it cost to ride an e-scooter?
Bird Canada has not specified a rate for Leduc as of yet, and this will be at their discretion. Typically, it costs approximately $1 to un-dock the scooter and another $0.35 per minute.
How do I sign up to use an e-scooter?
Rides can be booked via Bird Canada’s smartphone app only.
Do I need a credit card to book an e-scooter?
Both credit and pre-paid debit can be put into the app.
How old do e-scooter users need to be?
Bird Canada’s age minimum to ride an e-scooter is 16.
Do e-scooter users need to have a drivers’ license?
No, a drivers’ license is not required to rent an e-scooter.
Are helmets required?
Helmets are strongly encouraged; however, it is not proposed they be mandatory at this time.
Where will e-scooters be allowed?
It is proposed that e-scooters be limited to operating on Leduc’s sidewalks, multiway, and local roads within neighbourhoods (collector and residential) that do not have line painting. For example, an e-scooter would be allowed on Corinthia Drive or Southfork Drive, but not on Black Gold Drive or 50th Street.
What will happen if an e-scooter is driven outside of the approved area?
E-scooters will not operate outside of an approved area. It will shut down, and the app user will be charged continuously until it the e-scooter is returned and parked in the appropriate approved area.
How fast do e-scooters go?
The City is able to determine the maximum allowable speed. Initially, it was proposed that the speed limit be set at 20 km/hr on multiway and 15 km/hr on sidewalks and neighbourhood roadways without line markings. After additional consultation with Bird Canada about safety, it is now proposed that the slower 15 km/hr speed limit be applied to all areas.
What safety measures would be in place for both e-scooter riders and pedestrians?
All e-scooters are equipped with an audible bell (as is required for cyclists on paths), brakes, and automatic front and rear lights.
What happens if an e-scooter is driven in an unsafe manner? What enforcement measures will be taken?
Enforcement Services will conduct periodic monitoring as usual. The Parkland Bylaw states: “No person using a Multiway shall travel at a rate of speed that is unreasonable having regard to all circumstances, including but not limited to: (a) any conditions, including weather, that may affect visibility or one’s ability to stop; and (b) the volume and type of traffic on the Multiway.” If an e-scooter is driven in contravention to the Parkland Bylaw, enforcement measures (e.g. fines) may be taken as outlined in the bylaw.