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Waterloo is giving the thumbs up for e-scooters on roads

The province is considering opening up public roads to e-scooters and e-bikes
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Lime scooters
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As of right now, e-scooters are not defined under the Highway Traffic Act, which means they cannot be used on roadways. 

This might all change, as the province is considering allowing these vehicles on public roads.

Ryan Mounsey is the Senior Economic Development Adviser with the City of Waterloo. He told Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke on 570 NEWS that Waterloo Region is open to this change.

"It has exploded in the cities, what we are seeing with these scooters is a tremendous uptake in the last two years."

The City of Waterloo introduced the pilot program with Lime e-scooters last September, this pilot saw the launch of the first electric scooters in Canada. 

In collaboration with The David Johnston Research + Technology Park and Lime, the city identified a 5.5 kilometre route along trails that connect R + T Park down the Laurel Trail to Waterloo Park. This route has been used by these e-scooters.  

Mounsey say the pilot has been popular and as a result they have been able to identify safety protocols if these vehicles are to be allowed on roads. 

"Travel safe, look both ways, wear a helmet - it's kind of like a bike - it's not required but it's encouraged. Use a bell, that's common sense."

The pilot is set to continue until September. 




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