Coquitlam has launched an e-scooter pilot project as part of our continuing work to reduce carbon emissions in the community.
E-scooters are electrically powered kick scooters that are suited to short urban trips. They have a standing platform between the front and rear wheels, and a steering handlebar that acts directly on the front wheel(s) of the device. E-scooters in BC may have two to four wheels.
The full legal definition of an e-scooter and additional information can be found on the Province’s pilot project webpage.
An electric kick scooter must be equipped with:
The pilot does not cover other micromobility devices such as electric skateboards, unicycles or hoverboards.
Coquitlam joins 11 other B.C. communities in a provincial government pilot project regulated through B.C. Reg. 90/2021 to research, test and evaluate the use of e-scooters as a low-carbon transportation option.
The pilot will be in effect from April 2021 to April 2024, providing an opportunity to research, test, and evaluate the safety and operation of e-scooters in an effort to expand sustainable transportation options.
E-scooters and other electric micromobility devices are becoming more popular as a less expensive and convenient form of active transportation, well suited to urban areas and around transit hubs.
Expanding the use of micromobility devices dovetails with the City’s climate mitigation efforts, which include encouraging transportation forms that are healthier and produce fewer emissions.
This will support citywide strategic goals of ensuring a healthy community and active citizens within a sustainable environment. Expanded and improved options for low or zero emission transportation modes also deliver sustainable services, environment and infrastructure, which is one of the key goals in the city's Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP).
The pilot framework also involves actively reviewing community feedback and adjusting as needed.
The City adopted the current STP in 2012. Since then the City has made progress in increasing sustainable transportation in Coquitlam such as walking, cycling and public transit. There have also been significant changes in transportation over the last ten years, including the addition of SkyTrain, consideration of different kinds of street users, and emerging technologies to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.
A new STP will provide a refreshed long-term vision for Coquitlam’s transportation network with a focus on prioritizing key actions and policy changes for the next 10 years. It will also align with other City plans such as the recently-adopted Environmental Sustainability Plan and the Economic Development Strategy in development, while also applying the City’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Learn more at coquitlam.ca/transportationplan.
With the passing of the bylaw amendments, the City will also be launching a process to seek an e-scooter sharing provider, with the service anticipated to launch by summer 2023. E-scooter sharing is an important part of making micromobility options more accessible within the community and helping to reduce short-trip car use. It can also help remove barriers for people combining micromobility with transit.