In this May 28, 2019, photo, a woman rides an electronic scooter in downtown Raleigh, N.C. As electric scooters have rolled into more than 100 cities worldwide, many of the people riding them have ended up in the emergency room with serious injuries. Others have been killed. (File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

E-scooters have yet to knock on Red Deer’s door

Bird Canada waiting for approval in Edmonton

Electronic scooter rental company Bird Canada has not landed in Red Deer, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

CEO Stewart Lyons said smaller markets are tougher. A city of 100,000 is the minimum population that could be considered.

“The one good thing about Red Deer is we’re in Calgary. We’re hopefully going to be in Edmonton shortly. Red Deer is on the highway,” said Lyons.

“We might be able to make some things work. But we’d have to look at it and chiefly figure out what we could service out of either Edmonton or Calgary, and how to allocate scooters. But we’d definitely take a look at it, for sure.”

The 2019 census pegged Red Deer’s population at 101,002.

So far, there have been no business applications made to the City of Red Deer for the operation of an e-scooter rental company.

Two companies introduced e-scooters to Calgary this summer — Bird Canada and Lime. That city is testing the viability of shared electric scooters as part of a 16-month pilot program.

E-scooters are touted as a way to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions, while providing people with a safe, affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to cars.


Calgary and Edmonton targeted for e-scooter rental program launch in July

Shared electric scooters surge, overtaking docked bikes

Bird operates in more than 100 cities internationally. Calgary is the only Canadian city so far.

Lyons said between Bird and Lime, people in Calgary have taken about 150,000 rides this summer.

“We’ve had great take up. We’ve only been in the market about two and a half weeks. Feedback has been really good. We’re pretty pumped. We’re excited to try Edmonton next and Montreal is also on the docket.”

He said Bird has an application with the City of Edmonton and is just waiting to hear back.

“We’re ready to say go as soon as they say go.”

He said Calgary riders seem to be enjoying scooters for shorter rides.

“If you’re going that five-kilometres trip, taking a scooter seems to be a fun and economically reasonable, environmentally friendly way to get around.”

Bird is focused on safety, he said, and held a safety day last week and gave away 150 free helmets while educating people about scooter use.

In Calgary, e-scooter riders using a shared service must be at least 18 years old. They are allowed to ride on pathways, bike lanes and sidewalks. Only one rider is allowed per scooter, and helmets are encouraged.

Lyons said only a handful of complaints have been received when it comes to riders leaving the scooters in the way on sidewalks or elsewhere. The city gives Bird two hours to move a wayward scooter.

“To date, we’ve had one call. By the time we got the call from the city, we had already moved the scooter.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

red deer city

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dashcam captures hair-raising near miss on Highway 2

Paramedic says his emergency driving training kicked in to avoid collision

Updated: Red Deer mourns loss of philanthropist Gary W. Harris

Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre stands as lasting legacy to businessman’s generosity

Skip The Dishes launches alcohol delivery in 3 Alberta cities

Some Alberta residents can now get their beer and wine delivered through… Continue reading

UPDATE: Road clear following three-vehicle collision near Sylvan Lake

Police say there was a “serious collision” near Sylvan Lake Wednesday afternoon.… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Feb. 19 A Liberation of Holland event is being held at the… Continue reading

David Marsden: Hospital unfairness makes me ill

The provincial government clearly isn’t without money. If it was, it wouldn’t… Continue reading

Pastrnak scores overtime winner, Bruins edge Oilers 2-1

Bruins 2 Oilers 1 (OT) EDMONTON — The Boston Bruins have proven… Continue reading

P.E.I.’s Birt through to championship round at Tournament of Hearts

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Suzanne Birt reached the championship round at the… Continue reading

Teachers focusing on innovations at Red Deer convention

More than 1,750 delegates are attending the Central Alberta Teachers’ Convention. The… Continue reading

Passengers leave ship docked off Japan after quarantine ends

YOKOHAMA, Japan — About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess… Continue reading

Quebec premier calls for federal ultimatum to end rail blockades within days

OTTAWA — Quebec’s premier says he wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to… Continue reading

Canada’s laws don’t apply to chiefs who oppose pipeline

Re: “Blame the chaos on Trudeau,” David Marsden, Opinion, Feb. 15. I… Continue reading

Most Read