City de­lays re­turn of e-scooters un­til COVID- 19 pandemic passes

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION - DANIEL AUSTIN Twit­ter: @Dan­nyaustin_9

Cal­gar­i­ans won’t be shar­ing elec­tric scooters any­time soon.

The city’s elec­tric scooter pi­lot pro­gram has been de­layed un­til fur­ther no­tice in re­sponse to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two com­pa­nies, Lime and Bird, each in­tro­duced their e-scooters to down­town Cal­gary last year as part of a 16-month pi­lot pro­gram. The scooters were re­moved for the win­ter on Nov. 1 and were slated to re­turn to the streets in the com­ing weeks.

“The shared elec­tric scooters (e-scooters) will be de­layed un­til fur­ther no­tice in re­sponse to the spread of novel coro­n­avirus (COVID-19),” the City of Cal­gary state­ment read. “The City will con­tinue to pro­vide timely up­dates on the shared elec­tric scooter pi­lot here as it be­comes avail­able.”

When the e-scooters do even­tu­ally re­turn to Cal­gary’s streets, it’s ex­pected that a third com­pany, Roll, will also launch in the city along­side Lime and Bird.

“Bird Canada is look­ing for­ward to of­fer­ing the city of Cal­gary a safe and re­li­able trans­porta­tion op­tion again soon,” Bird Canada CEO Ste­wart Lyons said in an e-mail. “We think we can be a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant al­ter­na­tive to trains and buses in a pe­riod of so­cial dis­tanc­ing once things start to get up and run­ning again.”

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