E-scooters

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Consultation has concluded

The City of Oshawa is seeking input on whether the use of Electric Scooters (e-scooters) should be permitted in the City of Oshawa under the Province of Ontario’s 5-year e-scooter pilot program.

E-scooters have battery-powered motors and are steered with waist-high handlebars. They are generally designed for use by adults with a large deck in the center which the rider stands on.

E-scooters are part of the growing ‘micro-mobility’ sector that increases transportation options for residents and visitors. However, there are also challenges such as parking compliance, enforcement, illegal sidewalk riding, trail user conflict, and potential injuries.

Input received will help the City to determine if e-scooters should be permitted, where they should be allowed to be ridden, and whether e-scooter rental companies (e-scooter sharing) should be allowed to operate in the city. Please note that the City will follow the Ministry of Transportation best practices and will not permit the operation of e-scooters on sidewalks, similar to the City’s rules around e-bike use.

Have your Say

Community members are invited to participate in one of two ways:

  • Complete a feedback form here on Connect Oshawa or on paper at Service Oshawa, located at City Hall (50 Centre St. S.); or
  • Attend a Public Information Session and e-scooter demonstration on Tuesday, April 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Donevan Recreation Complex, 171 Harmony Rd. S. in Oshawa. Residents are asked to register by March 28 by contacting Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311.

Feedback will be received until noon Monday, April 11, 2022, and considered in the development of a report to Council in 2022 with recommendations on a pilot program.

Project Background

In January 2020, the Province of Ontario launched a five-year e-scooter pilot program to evaluate whether e-scooters are suitable to be operated on roadways. The provincial pilot is intended to evaluate the use of both personal and shared e-scooters to examine their ability to safely integrate with other vehicle types and determine whether existing provincial rules of the road are adequate.

Under the 5-year pilot, the Province has set out broad rules and requirements for e-scooters such as helmet requirements, a minimum age of 16 years old, and requirements for e-scooters including size, maximum speed of 24 km/hr., equipped with a horn or bell and a front and rear light.

Under the provincial pilot, municipalities can chose whether to allow their use and to determine where they can operate most safely by adopting or amending their by-laws. Municipalities that choose to permit e-scooters will be responsible for considerations such as whether to allow or prohibit them on municipal roads including parks and trails; where parking will be located; and how e-scooters will be managed in their municipality.

E-scooter sharing refers to a private company or companies providing a fleet of e-scooters for rent. Residents and visitors unlock parked e-scooters using a mobile app and are charged for the ride through the app. Shared e-scooter providers could be further regulated through non-exclusive agreements with the City that would lower vehicle speeds, limit fleet size, require conformity to parking regulations and outline fleet requirements.

This pilot project does not address mobility/accessibility scooters, e-bikes, or electric mopeds.

The City of Oshawa is seeking input on whether the use of Electric Scooters (e-scooters) should be permitted in the City of Oshawa under the Province of Ontario’s 5-year e-scooter pilot program.

E-scooters have battery-powered motors and are steered with waist-high handlebars. They are generally designed for use by adults with a large deck in the center which the rider stands on.

E-scooters are part of the growing ‘micro-mobility’ sector that increases transportation options for residents and visitors. However, there are also challenges such as parking compliance, enforcement, illegal sidewalk riding, trail user conflict, and potential injuries.

Input received will help the City to determine if e-scooters should be permitted, where they should be allowed to be ridden, and whether e-scooter rental companies (e-scooter sharing) should be allowed to operate in the city. Please note that the City will follow the Ministry of Transportation best practices and will not permit the operation of e-scooters on sidewalks, similar to the City’s rules around e-bike use.

Have your Say

Community members are invited to participate in one of two ways:

  • Complete a feedback form here on Connect Oshawa or on paper at Service Oshawa, located at City Hall (50 Centre St. S.); or
  • Attend a Public Information Session and e-scooter demonstration on Tuesday, April 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Donevan Recreation Complex, 171 Harmony Rd. S. in Oshawa. Residents are asked to register by March 28 by contacting Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311.

Feedback will be received until noon Monday, April 11, 2022, and considered in the development of a report to Council in 2022 with recommendations on a pilot program.

Project Background

In January 2020, the Province of Ontario launched a five-year e-scooter pilot program to evaluate whether e-scooters are suitable to be operated on roadways. The provincial pilot is intended to evaluate the use of both personal and shared e-scooters to examine their ability to safely integrate with other vehicle types and determine whether existing provincial rules of the road are adequate.

Under the 5-year pilot, the Province has set out broad rules and requirements for e-scooters such as helmet requirements, a minimum age of 16 years old, and requirements for e-scooters including size, maximum speed of 24 km/hr., equipped with a horn or bell and a front and rear light.

Under the provincial pilot, municipalities can chose whether to allow their use and to determine where they can operate most safely by adopting or amending their by-laws. Municipalities that choose to permit e-scooters will be responsible for considerations such as whether to allow or prohibit them on municipal roads including parks and trails; where parking will be located; and how e-scooters will be managed in their municipality.

E-scooter sharing refers to a private company or companies providing a fleet of e-scooters for rent. Residents and visitors unlock parked e-scooters using a mobile app and are charged for the ride through the app. Shared e-scooter providers could be further regulated through non-exclusive agreements with the City that would lower vehicle speeds, limit fleet size, require conformity to parking regulations and outline fleet requirements.

This pilot project does not address mobility/accessibility scooters, e-bikes, or electric mopeds.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Have a question about e-scooters? Ask it here! We'll do our best to get back to you within two business days.

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    Where are we proposing E-Scooters will be used? On they on-street with vehicular traffic? Are they on the sidewalk with pedestrians? Are they on the bike path?

    Auto303615 asked 2 months ago

    As part of the consultation, we would like to know from our community members where they feel e-scooters should be allowed to operate. They can provide their input by completing the feedback form which asks if e-scooters should be allowed to operate in parks, trails, multi-use paths or on streets with a posted speed of 50 km/hr. or lower. It should be noted that staff support the provincial guidance that e-scooters should not be allowed to operate on sidewalks. Feedback will be considered in the development of a report to Council in 2022 with recommendations on a pilot program. 

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    Are personally owned e-scooters currently allowed to be ridden in Oshawa?

    2 months ago

    Personally-owned e-scooters are not currently permitted to be operated. The Province of Ontario’s pilot program requires that municipalities opt-in by amending or adopting by-laws to regulate their use. If a pilot program is approved in Oshawa, privately owned e-scooters would be allowed unless otherwise stipulated.

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    What is an e-scooter?

    3 months ago

    E-scooters have battery-powered motors with a platform for your feet and are steered with waist-high handlebars. They are generally designed for use by adults with a large deck in the centre which the rider stands on. E-scooters along with bike share and e-bikes are becoming more popular in many North American cities.

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    What are the provincial requirements for the use of e-scooters?

    3 months ago

    The Province of Ontario passed O. Regulation 389/19 under the Highway Traffic Act which regulates the e-scooter 5 year pilot project (running from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2025) and set out rules and requirements for municipalities, e-scooters, and operators, such as:

    • Municipalities must adopt or amend their by-laws to allow the use of e-scooters
    • 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
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    What is the purpose of the City’s E-scooter consultation?

    3 months ago

    The e-scooter consultation is being undertaken to determine if e-scooters should be permitted in the City of Oshawa, where they should be allowed to be ridden, and whether e-scooter rental companies (e-scooter sharing) should be allowed to operate in the city. The consultation will also gauge public interest for an e-scooter pilot.  If approved, the pilot will evaluate the overall use of e-scooters including assessing safety, courteous/responsible riding practices, parking and enforcement measures.  As part of the pilot, the City would be responsible for monitoring all collisions involving e-scooters on roads within the city and providing semi-annual reports to the Ministry of Transportation. The pilot completion would coincide with the timeline of the Provincial pilot and all safety results will be included as part of Province’s overall review.

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    If a pilot is approved, how long will it run for?

    3 months ago

    If approved, the pilot project would run for two years, during which time the pilot will be monitored and evaluated.

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    Will I be able to submit feedback or concerns about e-scooters once the pilot starts?

    3 months ago

    If approved, a process will be established for residents to express concerns or feedback during the pilot period. Should e-scooter rental companies (e-scooter sharing) be allowed to operate requirements will be established for these companies to provide customer service and respond to complaints or issues. 

    Upon completion of the pilot staff will undertake a follow up consultation to seek further feedback regarding experiences throughout the pilot. The number of rides, public feedback, and any safety incidents or issues will be considered. 

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    How do e-scooter share programs work?

    3 months ago

    An e-scooter share system is a service in which electric motorized scooters are made available to use for short-term rentals. The e-scooters are generally rented and paid for through a mobile app, although some system operators have provisions for those without mobile data access.

    Share programs can utilize dockless scooters or docking scooters. E-scooters are typically "dockless", meaning that they do not have a fixed home location that they must be picked up or returned to. Instead, dockless e-scooters can be left by the user in a designated service area. The system operator is responsible for redistributing e-scooters within the service area to prevent bunching. Docking scooters have a fixed home location or rack that they must be picked up or returned to. There can be multiple docking stations that a scooter can be returned to.

    E-scooter operators are responsible for setting their own prices. The cost to ride is typically a flat fee plus a variable fee based on the time the e-scooter is in use. 

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    How fast can e-scooters travel?

    3 months ago

    To meet the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, e-scooters must not travel faster than 24 km/h. Some municipalities have further lowered this speed limit for rider safety and to comply with speed limits on multi-use pathways or other facilities shared with pedestrians.

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    What features are e-scooters required to have?

    3 months ago

    In Ontario, e-scooters require an electric motor, brakes, a handlebar, lights, and a bell or horn.