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Wednesday 28 August 2019

Canada’s micro-mobility era is off with a bang, as provinces strive to regulate demand, safety

How much do Calgarians love shared e-scooters? Try 300,000 trips in just a few weeks. But Canadian cities face familiar challenges to make e-bike and e-scooter services safe and convenient for all

By now, pedestrians on sidewalks in downtown Calgary are probably getting used to it. They hear a quiet buzz before being overtaken by groups of office workers — on electric stand-up scooters — headed to meetings on the garish green devices they unlocked with apps on their phones a few blocks away.

This summer, Calgary joined the ranks of cities in Asia, Europe and the United States in allowing the introduction of shared fleets of “dockless” electric stand-up scooters (e-scooters), from companies Lime and Bird. Based on the number of users — 300,000 trips by 100,000 unique riders three weeks into August — it’s been a raging success.


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