If you've never had the chance to take a ride on an e-scooter, now you can. Bike rides will be a thing of the past! You can join in on the fun with the launch of a pilot project for Toronto e-scooters in the historic Distillery District. Bird Canada announced today that they will be testing out this form of transportation for the next few days.
If you've asked yourself why this isn't a permanent thing in Toronto, e-scooters are actually not yet approved for use by the province of Ontario. E-scooters do not meet current government safety standards.
According to this CBC story, driving an e-scooter on the road is illegal in Ontario. However, the provincial government has just recently announced its plans to launch a five-year pilot project which allows e-scooters to also share the road.
The way this pilot will work is by permitting e-scooters in just one contained region - Toronto's Distillery District. By using a virtual barrier known as a geofence, the pilot will allow e-scooters to be used safely in the area.
According to Bird's press release, anyone can come take their e-scooters out for a test ride. You'll be able to learn and practice micro-mobility vehicle basics, speak with Bird representatives to get a better understanding of the scooters and even receive some Bird swag.
“The response we’ve received following the launch of our Bird e-scooters in Calgary and Edmonton has been incredible,” said Stewart Lyons, CEO of Bird Canada in the press release.
“So, what better way to give those living in or visiting Canada’s largest city a taste of what is hopefully to come once e-scooters are approved for use in Toronto than to run a brief pilot in Canada’s premier arts, culture, and entertainment destination.”
If you do decide to participate in the pilot, you will also receive some safety information from Bird Canada’s s.h.a.r.e tips for safe riding.
The pilot will run from Sept. 5 to 15, 2019. The e-scooters will be available in the afternoons from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and all day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.