đź›´ Getting ready for e-scooter share in Edmonton

The City has officially opened the path to electric scooter, bike and e-bike share service in Edmonton. It’s likely that private-sector e-scooters will be the first to receive a licence to operate. The whole idea is to create more travel choices for Edmontonians over short distances in urban areas.

Here are some* of the key things everyone needs to know to keep us all moving—and parking—safely and politely.

Riding right

Electric scooters from the share programs will be allowed to travel along bike lanes, paved shared-use pathways (SUP) and roads with a posted limit of 50km/h or less. 

Not on sidewalks. And only on trails maintained by the City of Edmonton.

Privately owned e-scooters are not allowed on bike lanes, SUPs and roads. Provincial rules stipulate only e-scooters operated by share services are allowed. 

Parking right

You can park electric scooters on sidewalks, parking lanes (except E-Park zones), at transit centres, rec centres and on parkland. 

The e-scooters will not have docking stations. The scooters are locked and unlocked with a phone app. Fees apply.

When you’re done your trip, park the e-scooter in a way that does not block doors or travel for people walking, biking or driving. That means: 

On a sidewalk, park at least 0.5 metres from a curb with 1.8 metres (about 6 feet) clearance for people to walk along the sidewalk. On parkland, more than a metre from a shared pathway or trail. At Community and Recreation Facilities, near existing bicycle parking areas.  

Please keep in mind your fellow Edmontonians who live and move with disabilities.

Park the e-scooter in an upright position using the kick stand. Don’t park on LRT platforms.

Riding safe

Scooters will be able to travel up to 20km/h. Please carefully read the operating instructions provided by the share company. When crossing intersections, alleys and accessways, please scan your path. 

Remember, e-scooters will be allowed to travel along bike lanes, shared pathways and roads with a speed limit of 50km/hr or less. That means more people on more modes of transportation sharing space with each other, and that underlines the need to watch out for each other. Everyone getting where we’re going safely—and realizing we have each other’s safety in our hands—is how we will get closer to Vision Zero. 

Electric scooters come equipped with a bell. Bells are safe and effective ways to communicate with other road and path users.

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The e-scooter share companies are responsible for keeping track of their vehicles  under the City’s terms and conditions. A GPS tracking device is an effective way for many vendors to locate, collect and redistribute their fleet.

If you notice abandoned or wrongly parked scooters, contact the vendor directly.

Bird Canada Inc.
hello@bird.co
(866) 205-2442

Lime Technology Inc.
support@li.me
(888) LIME-345 (546-3345)

You can plan your route using a map of Edmonton’s bike routes and shared pathways at edmonton.ca/cycling. 

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* There’s a lot more to know about bicycle and e-scooter share in Edmonton, all of which can be found right here. 

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9 Comments
  1. Dean Smith
    3 months ago

    Why are we punishing private ownership of electric vehicles?

  2. Dee
    3 months ago

    “Privately owned e-scooters are not allowed on bike lanes, SUPs and roads. Provincial rules stipulate only e-scooters operated by share services are allowed”

    As someone who’s been waiting for e-scooter being legally allowed in Edmonton, this completely blind sided me as all previous information did not allude to ONLY share services being allowed on the roads. If someone can point me to where the provincial rules state this, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Although this may not be up to the City, this is a extreme disservice to people looking to use e-scooters as a way to supplement their other methods of transportation. I can not see any reason why a private owner wouldn’t be able to ride on the road with their e-scooter that fits within the specs of what’s mandated on these e-scooter companies.

    This makes absolutely zero sense to me as electric bicycles are both legal privately and through ridesharing services (provided they’ve got their license to operate there)

  3. Ryan Black
    3 months ago

    Essentially banning private e use scooters and forcing people to use expensive rentals is ridiculous. We live in a free society, if I want to purchase an e bike, I should have the same rights as those that rent.

    Are rental cars and private vehicles going to have separate roads as well?

    Absolutely insane.

  4. John Andrusiak
    3 months ago

    Any adult must have the same rights as a business to operate an e-scooter. Next the City will be telling me I can’t ride my bike. I can’t wait for the court challenges … I will be joining in.

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  6. Jeff
    3 months ago

    why am I not allowed to buy my own E scooter and ride it in Edmonton?

  7. 3 months ago

    Hi Jeff, Provincial legislation does not allow for use of personal electric scooters in Edmonton. The City amended Bylaw 2202, Bylaw 5590 and Bylaw 8353 on July 16, 2019 to support e-bikes at large and e-scooters through a permitted sharing service. The bylaws include an exemption from the Province of Alberta which allows e-scooters to operate in the city under the permit system. Even with this exemption, provincial legislation does not allow for use of personal electric scooters.

  8. 3 months ago

    Hi Dee, we understand your frustration. The Provincial legislation does not allow for use of personal electric scooters in Edmonton. The City amended Bylaw 2202, Bylaw 5590 and Bylaw 8353 on July 16, 2019 to support e-bikes at large and e-scooters through a permitted sharing service. The bylaws include an exemption from the Province of Alberta which allows e-scooters to operate in the city under the permit system. Even with this exemption, provincial legislation does not allow for use of personal electric scooters.

  9. Michelle
    3 months ago

    There is no way I’m going to ride an scooter on a public road. Way too dangerous. Way more dangerous for the scooter rider than riding on the sidewalk is for the pedestrian.

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