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Move over bikes, e-scooters might be coming to London - CBC

In addition to an e-scooter pilot project, the city is adding bike lockers in the core

E-scooters may become the new way for you to get around the city's downtown.

On Tuesday, the civic works committee will be looking at a report from city staff requesting that a 250 e-scooter pilot project be added to London's proposed bike share program.


Since the beginning of 2020, municipalities in Ontario have had the option to pass bylaws to approve if and where e-scooters can be used and parked thanks to a five-year provincial pilot project.


"Introducing the concept of e-scooters provides another option, within a menu of options, for getting around and it allows Londoners to really take action on our declared climate emergency," said Allison Miller, the city's transportation demand management coordinator.

"People can very easily replace those short trips they would normally jump in the car for and not think about, particularly in the central area of London."


Personal transportation has become the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in London and Miller said this is an opportunity to alleviate that.


In London's Climate Emergency Action Plan, the city set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 per cent by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050.


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Under provincial rules, electric scooters, two-wheeled with a deck for the rider to stand on while holding a handle, can only travel at a maximum of 24 km/h and will have to have a horn or a bell, lights on the front and back, as well as reflective material. Riders must be at least 16 years old and those under 18 must wear a helmet. Passengers and cargo are not allowed.


Miller said an e-scooter share system would allow Londoners to rent a motorized scooter for short-term, point-to-point trips and then drop it off at one of several designated spots that would be established in the core.


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