E-Scooters Scoot Ahead in Regina this Summer
In September 2022, SGI announced provincial regulations for the use of e-scooters in Saskatchewan and that municipalities can now choose to amend their bylaws to allow them to operate.
Today, City Council approved a traffic bylaw amendment that will allow for a shared e-scooter program in Regina beginning this summer. E-scooters are a fun, sustainable activity to get around our city and provide an alternate mode of transportation.
The City is posting a Request for Application (RFA) next week for interested shared e-scooter vendors that will be open for approximately three weeks. Once the public procurement process has been completed, the City will work with up to two approved vendor(s) to launch their e-scooter operations this summer. When launched, shared e-scooter services will be available for rental through the vendor’s app.
Shared e-scooters will be allowed on bike lanes, park pathways, multi-use pathways and roads with a speed limit of 50 km/hour or less. Information on rental locations, cost and areas permitted to ride will be communicated once the program launches, tentatively in July.
The City will evaluate the program after the first season based on resident and user feedback, as well, through data collected from the vendor, Saskatchewan Health Authority and SGI to help inform the safety of the program and make any necessary changes to the framework. A public survey will be available after the first season to gather feedback on e-scooters.
Council also directed Administration to begin a process to allow the use of personal e-scooters. Proposed traffic bylaw amendments to allow for the use of personal e-scooters will be considered at the April 26 City Council meeting. Until the bylaw amendments are approved, the use of personal e-scooters is not legal in the City of Regina.
The City of Regina has a goal to become a renewable, net zero City by 2050 and adding e-scooters as a transportation option is one way of helping to achieve this.
Visit SGI’s website for information on provincial guidelines.