Personal Use Electric Kick Scooter Pilot Program
The City of Hamilton is examining whether to participate in the program, pending public consultation and Council approval. Opting into the pilot would give residents and businesses the option to use e-cargo bikes to move people and goods.
In January 2020, the Province of Ontario announced that it would begin a five-year pilot program permitting electric kick-style scooters (e-scooters) to operate in municipalities that opt-in to the program. The goal of the Provincial pilot program is to evaluate the usefulness of e-scooters by assessing their ability to safely integrate with other vehicle types and determine whether existing road rules are appropriate.
Hamilton City Council approved by-laws 20-269 and 20-270 on December 16, 2020 that opts Hamilton into the pilot program and regulates the use of personal and commercial e-scooters within the city. The by-law permitted personal use of e-scooters effective immediately but placed a “hold” on commercial e-scooters until a framework is approved.
What is an e-scooter?
An electric kick-scooter (e-scooter) is defined under Ontario Regulation 389/19 as a vehicle that has:
- Two wheels, one placed at the front of the kick-scooter and one at the rear;
- A platform for standing between the two wheels;
- A steering handlebar that acts directly on the steerable wheel;
- A bell or horn;
- At least one white light on the front, one red light on the read and reflective materials on the sides;
- A maximum wheel diameter of 17 inches;
- A maximum weight of 45 kg; and,
- An electric motor not exceeding 500 watts that provides a maximum speed of 24 km/hour.
To support their safe use, e-scooters also:
- Cannot be fitted with baskets, pedals or seats; and,
- Lights must be used on an e-scooter any time from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise and at any other time when there is insufficient light.
The devices in the left photo are e-scooters. The other two mobility devices are not e-scooters.