On June 10, 2020 Council approved the Electric Kick Scooter Strategy and Pilot Project, Draft By-law and Bike Sharing and Electric Kick Scooter Sharing Agreements with Service Providers. (Items 7 and 8).
This allows Council to enact the Electric Kick Scooter By-law on June 24, making it legal to operate e-scooters in Ottawa on June 29, 2020, under the City’s by-laws.
The City’s E-Scooter pilot will follow the Provincial Regulations.
In addition, e-scooters will be allowed to operate on:
- The City’s multiuse pathways, cycling facilities like cycle tracks and bike lanes and on roads with a speed limit of 50 km/h or lower
- E-scooters will not be allowed to operate on sidewalks or in transit stations
- The maximum operating speed for escooters in Ottawa is 20 km/h
E-scooter or bike sharing companies interested in applying to participate in the City of Ottawa pilot are invited to review the Micromobility Systems Application Framework and to submit their proposal to email@example.com by June 26, 2020.
Applicants must demonstrate in their proposal that they can meet the requirements set out in the Electric Kick Scooter Strategy and Pilot Project and Bike Sharing and Electric Kick Scooter Sharing Agreements with Service Providers reports presented to Transportation Committee as Items 2 and 3 on June 3, 2020 – copies of these reports can be found on Ottawa.ca. This document is intended to serve as a summary to ensure applicant proposals are complete but is not intended to replace the report content. Selected applicants will be required to enter into an agreement with the City before they can provide micromobility systems on the City’s streets, and requirements additional to those outlined in this document may be included within the agreement.
On January 1, 2020, the Province of Ontario started a five-year kick e-scooter pilot.The provincial pilot allows municipalities to participate. The City of Ottawa’s participation requires a revision of by-laws.
Provincial regulations include:
- Riders must be 16 or older
- Speed limit is 24km/hr
- E-scooters must be equipped with a bell, a brake and lights
- Helmets are required for riders under 18
- Single rider only
- No basket
- Municipalities must remit safety data to the Province
A kick e-scooter is:
- A two-wheeled device the rider stands on, holding a handlebar
- Powered by a battery
- Can travel up to 24km/hr
- Equipped with a hand brake, lights, bell, kick stand
On February 18, staff consulted with the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) - staff report to the AAC.
For more information or to provide feedback about the project, please contact the City’s project manager:
Transportation Demand Management Project Officer
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Ave. West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1