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Mississauga Introduces Shared E-Bikes and E-Scooters for Sustainable Urban Mobility

Mississauga, ON – In an exciting development set to revolutionize urban transportation, the City of Mississauga has announced a groundbreaking partnership with Lime Technology, Inc. and Bird Canada to introduce shared e-bikes and e-scooters this summer. With up to 300 electric pedal-assist bicycles (e-bikes) and 900 electric kick-style scooters (e-scooters) available for public use, residents and visitors will have access to a convenient and eco-friendly mode of travel across the city.

Micro-mobility, defined as lightweight travel powered by one’s own body or electricity, will take center stage with this initiative. Users will have the option to rent e-bikes and e-scooters for a fee, allowing for flexible travel and convenient parking at designated locations nearest to their destinations.

Geoff Wright, Commissioner of Transportation and Works, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, highlighting its role in advancing Mississauga’s Transportation Master Plan and sustainability goals. “Having a shared system of e-bikes and e-scooters was a recommendation in our Transportation Master Plan and also supports our work on climate change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Wright. “Residents now have even more ways to get around our city sustainably.”

To ensure safety and efficiency, Lime Technology, Inc. and Bird Canada will equip their devices with features such as no-ride zones on sidewalks, slow-ride zones in busy areas, and designated no-parking zones. The city has finalized a three-year contract with these partners, with the program scheduled to launch this summer.

Additional details regarding rental procedures and costs will be provided closer to the program’s launch. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with safety regulations, rules, and etiquette related to bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters.

This initiative follows Council’s endorsement in October 2019 to explore shared micro-mobility programs as part of the Micro-Mobility Program Development Project. After extensive analysis and community engagement in June 2022, Council approved the implementation of a shared micro-mobility program featuring e-bikes and e-scooters. Subsequently, in October 2023, staff recommended the adoption of a hybrid docked and dockless system, leading to the forthcoming launch in 2024.

The introduction of shared e-bikes and e-scooters marks a significant step forward in Mississauga’s commitment to sustainable urban mobility, offering residents and visitors a new and exciting way to explore the city while reducing their carbon footprint.

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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