E-Scooter Pilot

The City of Mississauga is currently studying how a shared program of publically available bicycles, pedal-assist bicycles (e-bikes) or electric scooters (e-scooters) could be used for travel in Mississauga. An e-scooter is a two-wheeled device that the rider operates while standing. E-scooters are battery operated and are equipped with a hand brake, lights, bell and kick-stand.

The City has implemented an e-scooter pilot to respond to and regulate the personally-owned e-scooters currently being operated in Mississauga. The pilot will also evaluate how e-scooters interact with other road users.

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 pilot allows for the operation of e-scooters, so long as municipalities opt in to the program by adopting or amending their by-laws to regulate their use.

On December 9, 2020, Mississauga City Council approved the staff recommendation to implement an interim e-scooter strategy. As part of the interim e-scooter strategy, the Parks By-law , Transit By-law, and Traffic By-law have been updated to regulate where e-scooters can be operated within Mississauga.

View our E-Scooter Pilot infographic.

Your opinion matters
The City is seeking your feedback. Share your experiences operating your e-scooter in Mississauga and interacting with others operating e-scooters in the city.

Your feedback will inform whether shared e-scooter systems should become part of Mississauga’s greater transportation system in the future.

Ask a question using the Q&A tool below and share your feedback using the Guestbook tool.

The City of Mississauga is currently studying how a shared program of publically available bicycles, pedal-assist bicycles (e-bikes) or electric scooters (e-scooters) could be used for travel in Mississauga. An e-scooter is a two-wheeled device that the rider operates while standing. E-scooters are battery operated and are equipped with a hand brake, lights, bell and kick-stand.

The City has implemented an e-scooter pilot to respond to and regulate the personally-owned e-scooters currently being operated in Mississauga. The pilot will also evaluate how e-scooters interact with other road users.

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 pilot allows for the operation of e-scooters, so long as municipalities opt in to the program by adopting or amending their by-laws to regulate their use.

On December 9, 2020, Mississauga City Council approved the staff recommendation to implement an interim e-scooter strategy. As part of the interim e-scooter strategy, the Parks By-law , Transit By-law, and Traffic By-law have been updated to regulate where e-scooters can be operated within Mississauga.

View our E-Scooter Pilot infographic.

Your opinion matters
The City is seeking your feedback. Share your experiences operating your e-scooter in Mississauga and interacting with others operating e-scooters in the city.

Your feedback will inform whether shared e-scooter systems should become part of Mississauga’s greater transportation system in the future.

Ask a question using the Q&A tool below and share your feedback using the Guestbook tool.

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Just wanted to applaud you on keeping an open mind and taking the initiative for creating this pilot program as a transportation possibility for the city if peel. The truth is we should all be focusing on better ways to get around and to consider our environment. I recently traveled to Calgary, Alberta and was shocked to see that in the city they had e scooters all over the place and people riding them around safely. Of course when in Rome you do as the Roman's so I had my very first experience with an e scooter and must admit I loved it so much that I immediately begun searching to purchase one. Today as I was walking on the sideway I witnessed someone ride a scooter by me and they were traveling on the road way with a helmet hugging the right side (shoulder) of the road. So naturally I thought it important to come here and see what our local bi laws allow for and was happy to see we as a city are embracing this as a mode of transportation. Just wanted to throw my 2 cents in and say thank you for putting this together, and I look forward to being able to safely scoot around the city I love so much. You all are doing a wonderful job. Thank you and stay safe!

saleksovski 3 months ago

An Opportunity to Get Ahead of the Curve:

Your current definition of micro-mobility devices and pilot parameters do not include segway type units. The provincial segway pilot program of several years length terminated without the production of clear provincial legislation. My inquiries to seek clarification and guidance regarding these devices have been bounced back between the province and the city.

When Segways had a beginning price point of $8,000, this proved a barrier to adopters. Technological advancement and increased competition, has decreased the price of segway type units for Ninebot/Segway options below $1000 and reduced the cost of the Airwheel alternatives to the main Segway units to the $1700 to $3000 range. Like e-scooters, Segway type devices offer Mississauga residents a viable, eco-friendly, low cost alternative to automotive transport.

I am recommending that the City of Mississauga "get ahead of the curve" and incorporate Segway type devices into the current e-scooter pilot program as the issues and legislation required is very similar.

Reality Check 6 months ago

Solutions Previously Provided:

Previous comments not only provide excellent rationale in their endorsements of micro mobility vehicles but with clarification, they also address the negative concerns of the others.

1) Idak addresses EK’s and Klink’s concerns regarding reckless drivers by pointing out that we have not banned cars for all due to the illegal behaviour of the minority. Veda recommends a training requirement and the licensing of both driver and vehicle. In addition to safety benefits, this would also reinforce that one is operating a vehicle and not a toy.

2) Unacceptable driver behaviour, including the “ride and drop” plague of renters expressed by rehfer2011, has a solution contained in the comments of mikar99 who suggests licence plates. No renter just dumps a Hertz vehicle just anywhere when done with it. This is because auto rental companies will automatically charge any recovery costs and fines to the renter’s credit card. Current parking authorities should implement the same parking fines and “towing/pickup” charges as associated with cars. Given the micro mobility vehicle capacity of cube vans versus 1 car limit of tow trucks, this “problem” could provide a substantial revenue stream to self-fund enforcement.

3) Kaneera comments contain concern for the CO2 impact of production on the environment. However the impact of producing cars, including electric cars, is far greater as more material such as steel, is used in the production of one vehicle. Although many cars are used for the transportation of multiple passengers and goods, through observation, one can realize that a significant portion of our traffic consists of single occupancy. If electric micro vehicles reduce a portion of those trips, as they have for Thujan360, the CO2 savings. will more than offset the carbon costs of production. Maciek1234 has also addressed the advantages of micro mobility vehicles over other means of transportation.

Reality Check 6 months ago

As a cyclist, pelectric e-scooter private owner and automobile driver in Mississauga, I completely support the use of e-scooters as a means of transportation. I also can understand those who are against the idea due to safety of pedestrians and the chaos they can cause, but in my opinion banning a form of transportation because of the behaviors of the people using them is not the way to go about it. There are many people who follow all the road and safety rules and regulations when it comes to riding an e-scooter (or bike, or car), and then there are those who don't. I've had my share of "kind words" to other e-scooter riders (even to cyclists when I'm biking) who don't follow the rules saying things like, "you're going to hurt someone" and "you're going to ruin it for the rest of us". I think banning e-scooters for rule breaking isn't the answer as we see I this happen with bikes and cars as well. There needs to effective enforcement of the rules to help deter those from being maniac cyclists or e-scooter riders. It's not the e-scooter/bike/car that's dangerous, it's the inconsiderate egocentric person using it. I know enforcing those rules are difficult as I'm sure our police and by-law officers are handling more pressing matters, and chasing an inconsiderate e-scooter rider isn't one of them. I feel that e-scooters should stay after the pilot for many of the benefits it has (ie. traffic, environment, just plain fun to ride to work). Now if there a way to ban inconsiderate people, well.... I'm all for it.

IDAK_125 9 months ago

Please no. Escooters are a bane on all other pathway users. Cyclists, pedestrians, drivers are all put in danger & inconvenienced by these things.
Anyone who's been to the USA where these scooters are left toppled over like trash all over town, on street corners in parks will attest to how much of a pain these are.
Any driver who had a near-miss heart attack from a random person silently zipping by at 40km/h with no helmet & protective gear will know what I'm talking about. Motorcycle make noise and have lights and require safety gear and & licensing yet people still die when they get into an accident. If you let these scooters on the road your precious vision zero program will go to pieces.

If you absolutely insist on letting these death traps on the road you better make sure cops are out ticketing reckless kids not following the rules & endangering themselves & others. These are not toys, despite the majority of users being irresponsible kids & teens. They are high speed vehicles with no safety features and should be treated as such.

Klink 11 months ago

I believe allowing E-scooters is a step in the right directions. It's a very efficient mode of transportation that can make use of current infrastructure.

Mississauga is becoming a very busy city and by providing alternative modes of transportation we promoting a greener space and reducing the amount of cars on the road. (Especially during peak hours)

More bike lanes would be welcome as the micro mobility evolution is happening worldwide and is very much the future as we turn to smaller electric vehicles.

I've adopted an electric scooter and reduced the usage of my car since. (Less Km driven) I am very happy with that change and I believe everyone should try it before dropping an opinion on the subject.

Thujan360 12 months ago

All the regulations in the world will not control scooter riders.
Just look at adults on bicycles in Mississauga. Riding full speed on sidewalks, through lights, stop signs. Disobeying almost all the laws.
I find it difficult to obey an adult bicycle rider that rings their bell and expects me to stand off to the side as they want to pass me on the sidewalk. Even when there is 12 feet of grass to the side to pass on.
Or they fly by a few inches from my elbow.
They seem to believe it's OK to ride like that. And they learn that there are virtually never any consequenses.
Only the naive would believe scooters will be any different.

EK 12 months ago

Hi,
I've been using a scooter for the past couple of months this year and this they're a great alternative to cars, bikes, public transit. Their environmental impact is limited as they're super efficient, they're much smaller than bikes to fold up and bring indoors (you can even lock them up at a gym locker), and they are safe provided they are operated responsibly. I like and agree with the current pilot rules in place with the addition to add a bit more bike lanes on the side, or somewhere around major roadways to make commuting a bit easier for the scooters. Currently due to lack of bike lanes I need to take lots of side roads and detours to stay within the law to get to many places....or I would need to go on the sidewalk. Anywhoo, these devices are definitely the future of transport (obviously in combination with others) so trying to work with them rather than banning them would be more progressive.

Maciek1234 12 months ago

More bike lanes should be created to encourage e-scooter use (as well as bikes and e-bikes) rather than allowing them to run on sidewalks.

1918919 about 1 year ago

The use of Private Electric Scooters should definitely be allowed. Having ridden one over the past year, I can safely say that they are a fantastic means of travel. They are portable, efficient and help reduce traffic. They're small enough to fit in condo's or under a desk. I use mine to get around often and it's also a ton of fun to ride. For sure we need to follow the rules, wear safety equipment and follow traffic laws.

kabirrb about 1 year ago

All Personal Electric Vehicles such as: e-scooters, one-wheel hoverboard, electric-unicycles, e-bikes, e-skateboards are an excellent mode of transportation within the cities. They are emission free, highly portable and fairly affordable. In order for this type of vehicles to become a viable part of the transportation system, an infrastructure designed for micro-mobility, and a legal framework has to be implemented.

mitchell about 1 year ago

I think this program could be great for those who need affordable and independent means of transportation. However in areas of Mississauga where this could be needed most (ie. Malton) there still isn’t truly safe and effective options to connect it to the bulk of Mississauga. I like the suggestion of allowing e-scooters on the sidewalk (as well as bikes). And I believe there should be licensing/training to ensure road safety is upheld by the drivers.

Veda about 1 year ago

I think that all 'small' vehicles that have assisted power (electric, gas, etc.) have licences. This would include e-scooters, powered skate-boards/bikes, etc. The licence would assist in recovering stolen items, as well as allow traffic officers to issue fines.
I believe there are certain sidewalks that are designated for both pedestrians and bikes. e-scooters could also be included in this category.
As a side comment, I think that most sidewalks should allow bikes to be allowed. An accident between a bike and a pedestrian/cyclist would be less damaging, than one between a bike and an automobile.

mikar99 about 1 year ago

Completely in favour of privately owned escooter use. Not in favour of a publicly funded or subsidised fleet of escooters. I have seen these bixi like solutions in the US and couldn't help but notice how the renters have no regard for where they leave the scooters when they are finished with them. I believe the escooter use should be expanded to allow escooters to be used on any hardscape road or path where a bicycle can be used. Now that the ped bridge over the 401 is complete @ 2nd line I may consider this mode of transport for my HSer as her bus has now been cancelled. At least for the warmer dryer moths that is.

rehfer2011 about 1 year ago

I am a bit concerned about the negative environmental impacts these scooters may have, and whether they would be necessary at all given the transit options available and the ability to bike ride. The production of these bikes use materials that release lots of CO2 into the atmosphere, and under the assumption they plan to be mass-produced, I don't see why they should be an extra risk to our climate. While I do commend their easy access and the potential improvements to accessibility in the city, I fear that they won't be used as much as intended and the cost of operating the project will be necessary (e.g. costs to set up charging stations, personnel to find and pickup lost or misplaced scooters).

kaneera about 1 year ago

I live beside the Cooksville GO station and have been planning to buy an e-scooter for several months now but was afraid I'd be breaking the city's by-laws if I use it on public property. Now that this pilot program is in place, I'm very eager to finally purchase an e-scooter and participate in this pilot program. Our family has only 1 car so an e-scooter would definitely help as a substitute for a second car - especially for short trips to the grocery store, picking up take-out food or other quick errands. I think this is a great step in the right direction. I wish there was more advertising and awareness about this program as I only heard about it through a Google news flash on my phone 2 weeks after the official notice was posted. I also hope there will be adequate enforcement of and public awareness of the rules to reduce the likelihood that a few "bad apples" spoiling it for everyone.

thatsimonguy over 1 year ago
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