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Get Ready to Roll, Mississauga: City Launches Shared E-Bikes and E-Scooters System

Mississauga, Ontario – Mississauga has taken a significant step toward promoting sustainable and active transportation with the launch of a new shared e-bikes and e-scooters system. Starting today, residents and visitors can rent electric pedal-assist bicycles (e-bikes) and kick-style scooters (e-scooters) through a partnership between the City of Mississauga, Lime Technology, Inc., and Bird Canada.

Up to 300 e-bikes and 900 e-scooters will be available at more than 600 locations across Mississauga, including near community centers, libraries, bus stops, and park entrances. This initiative offers a convenient, accessible, and eco-friendly alternative to traditional modes of transportation.

A Step Towards Sustainability

“We’re committed to building a more interconnected and accessible transportation network that’s safe for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, or mode of travel. That’s why having a shared system of e-bikes and e-scooters is important. It offers residents another way to move throughout Mississauga, in addition to walking, biking, taking MiWay, or driving,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner of Transportation and Works.

Enhanced Mobility Options

The shared e-bike and e-scooter program aligns with Mississauga’s climate change goals by promoting active transportation and reducing reliance on cars. The devices are strategically placed to ensure they are easily accessible and can be used for various purposes, such as commuting to work, attending school, or running errands.

Device Specifications and Safety Features

E-Bikes: Each e-bike is equipped with essential safety and convenience features, including a bell, front and rear lights, reflectors, a height-adjustable seat, a step-through frame, a lock, a front basket, and a helmet.

E-Scooters: E-scooters are also designed with safety in mind, featuring a bell, front and rear lights, turn signals, a lock, and a helmet.

How to Rent and Ride

To rent an e-bike or e-scooter, users must download the Lime or Bird Canada mobile app from the App Store or Google Play. The app provides information on rental costs, designated pick-up and drop-off locations, and instructions for unlocking and using the devices. Designated locations for picking up and parking devices include City bike racks, street sign posts, and lamp posts. Future plans include installing dedicated parking stations as the program matures.

Rules and Regulations

  • Age Requirement: Riders must be 16 years old or older.
  • Helmet Use: Helmets are mandatory for all e-bike riders and for e-scooter users under 18. All riders are encouraged to wear helmets for safety.
  • Permitted Riding Areas:
    • E-bikes can be used on multi-use trails, park trails, bike lanes, and roads unless otherwise prohibited.
    • E-scooters can be used on multi-use trails, bike lanes, and roads with a posted speed limit of 50 km/h or less. Some park trails also permit e-scooters, as indicated in the Lime and Bird Canada apps.
  • Prohibited Areas: Both e-bikes and e-scooters cannot be used on sidewalks.

Users must adhere to all road rules, signage, traffic signals, and stop signs to ensure the safety of all road users.

Looking Ahead

The launch of the shared e-bikes and e-scooters program marks a significant milestone in Mississauga’s journey towards a more sustainable and interconnected transportation network. This new service offers a flexible, eco-friendly transportation option that enhances the overall mobility in the city, contributing to healthier lifestyles and a greener future.

For more information, download the Lime or Bird Canada app and start your ride today.

Kelly

Kelly Deschamps is the dedicated City Hall Reporter, bringing forth the pulse of municipal affairs with precision and clarity. With an astute eye for detail and a passion for uncovering the stories that shape urban life, Deschamps delivers comprehensive coverage of local governance. For inquiries or feedback, contact Kelly at kelly.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca

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