It turns out e-scooters can create quite the controversy during a pandemic. Calgary has officially relaunched the shared eclectic scooter program in the city. While some people may be excited about this return, many residents are saying that bringing back Calgary e-scooters this summer is a total mistake. People have been voicing their opinions all over Twitter and they aren’t holding back.\nThe City of Calgary announced on Friday, May 22, that the city would be welcoming back e-scooters.\n“With warmer weather here, and more people spending time outside, shared electric scooters provide an additional transportation choice while adhering to social distancing requirements,” wrote the City of Calgary.\nBy working with Alberta Health Services, the city was able to bring 150 scooters per company fleet back to Calgary. The scooters will be available from Friday, May 22, to Monday, June 22.\nThis trial will be monitored closely by the local administration and scooter fleet numbers have the potential to increase after the one month period is over.\nThe city noted that other big cities including Toronto and Vancouver have been using shared bike systems throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.\n“These bikeshare systems have been very popular, provided a safe transportation option, and have not been connected to COVID-19 transmission cases,” said the City of Calgary.\nTwo scooter companies, Bird and Lime, operate in Calgary. The city says that each company's fleet can have 150 scooters.\nA statement from Stewart Lyons, CEO of Bird Canada was shared with Narcity, reading: "We're very excited to be back in Calgary. We've spent a ton of time working with Alberta Health Services and the City of Calgary to come up with an approach that doesn't provide an overly false sense of security and similar to what people see today in dealing with a grocery cart or a door handle of a public building."\nThe statement continued to say "we're just happy to be providing an alternative transportation option that enables social distancing."\nShared electric scooters will be returning to Calgary on Friday, May 22.Bike & scooter share systems have been popular, provided a safe transportation option, & have not been connected to COVID-19 transmission cases in other major Canadian or Global cities during the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/s1CiKFTsjd— City of Calgary (@cityofcalgary) May 21, 2020\nThe e-scooter sharing system will work in a similar fashion to bike shares and will have similar risks.\nSince these scooters are shared, people are responsible for wiping them down before and after.\nEvery rider is also asked to maintain physical distancing while riding.\nEver since the city announced this relaunch, people have been expressing their disappointment and straight-up disapproval on Twitter.\nWhose bright idea was it to bring back scooters in Calgary. We are almost ready for haircuts and restaurants. Playgrounds still closed, stores cleaning surfaces and these scooters are allowed, they won’t be cleaned after each use. #calgarydowntown #calgary#cityofcalgary pic.twitter.com/9OcJX1FBb1— Cathleen Foster (@KatieMean) May 24, 2020\nWhose bright idea was it to bring back scooters in Calgary. We are almost ready for haircuts and restaurants. Playgrounds still closed, stores cleaning surfaces and these scooters are allowed, they won’t be cleaned after each use. #calgarydowntown #calgary#cityofcalgary pic.twitter.com/9OcJX1FBb1\n— Cathleen Foster (@KatieMean) May 24, 2020\nAwesome 👏 no social distancing when passing people on the sidewalks. People on the sidewalks trying to avoid getting hit. An increase in emergency visits.— Tabitha (@giffen05) May 22, 2020\nAn overwhelming amount of people believe that this is a bad idea in light of COVID-19.\nI'm all for more transportation options, but I don't understand how this is safe but a playground or sporting equipment isn't.— RecoveringAlto (@teleute00) May 22, 2020\nDuring a time when it is critical to maintain physical distance from other pedestrians, I'm very disappointed to see the @limebike scooters have returned to Calgary sidewalks.— Jocelyn 🇨🇦 (@Jocelyn_) May 22, 2020\nOne person even called it “insane” that the city would allow the scooters to return right now.\nThis is insane! How irresponsible to let them operate a shared service during a pandemic— KobeTime (@trevor5583) May 21, 2020\nIs it just me or does anyone else find it strange that I can share a scooter in Calgary but I can’t share a tennis ball, soccer ball or basketball ? Is this still correct @nenshi - asking for a friend:-). Jock— Sports On 770 CHQR (@SportsOn770) May 22, 2020\nAnother called the e-scooters a “host colony for the virus.”\nThe handles of the scooters will be a host colony for the virus #Covid_19. The surface type of the handles of these scooters are perfect storage for the virus.— Be fair always in all ways (@Atlas81032915) May 21, 2020\nThis is not a responsible decision.....— Michael Sparks (@Lazagna) May 22, 2020\nWhile most of those posting were not thrilled about the decision, some people did espresso excitement to see the scooters back in action and are even posting pictures of them.\nFinally some good news!— Scraidywolf (@Scraidywolf1) May 21, 2020\n@limebike scooters are back on, Calgary! #yyc #limescooters pic.twitter.com/oqBVQqW8ro— Seán Sabraw (@seansabraw) May 23, 2020\nThe scooters are now up and running and while there are hefty fines or those who operate the vehicles a reckless manner, the city has not specified about any fines for not cleaning the scooters.