What is an e-scooter?
A standing e-scooter is powered by a small electric motor. These devices do not have a seat or pedals, and the rider stands on a center floorboard to balance.
Are e-scooters the same as e-bikes? Can they use the same paths?
No, these are different devices. In Saskatoon e-bikes are governed by Bylaw 9705, Bicycle Bylaw. Under this bylaw an e-bike is considered a bicycle and is allowed where bicycles are allowed. We currently do not know where e-scooters will be allowed to operate. This is a part of the regulatory framework we are working on.
NEW! Are e-scooters allowed to ride on the sidewalk, paths or roads in Saskatoon?
E-scooters are NOT allowed to ride on the sidewalk, pathways or roads in Saskatoon. As of September 22, 2022, the Government of Saskatchewan has introduced the Limited Speed Motor Vehicle Regulations, 2022, that will govern the use of motorized vehicles with a maximum speed of 32 km/hr.
The regulations allow municipalities to pass their own bylaws authorizing where and when e-scooters can be used. If a municipality does not pass a bylaw permitting their use, e-scooters will continue to be prohibited on public roads in that community.
In terms of sidewalks, pathways and bike lanes, there are no City Bylaws currently allowing the use of e-scooters. This program includes a regulatory framework to allow shared e-scooters on sidewalks, pathways and/or bike lanes. This program is not considering privately owned e-scooters at this time.
What about seated e-scooters?
Seated e-scooters used as mobility aids for medical reasons are considered pedestrians according to the Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI).
This project does not consider seated e-scooters.
Why are private use e-scooters not being included in this project and the regulatory framework?
Currently, all e-scooters are prohibited from using public sidewalks, pathways, bike lanes and roads. This project takes the first step necessary by creating a regulatory framework to allow shared or public-use e-scooters using geofencing and common safety device restrictions.
How much will it cost to ride an e-scooter in Saskatoon?
The cost for riders will be determined once the regulatory framework has been developed and the vendor for the pilot program has been selected.
Where can I ride an e-scooter?
Currently, e-scooters are not permitted on sidewalks, pathways, bike lanes or public roads. The location of the shared e-scooter pilot project will be determined once the recommended framework is presented to City Council later in 2022.
How will the pilot project be assessed?
Once a regulatory framework for shared e-scooters is developed and approved, a comprehensive assessment plan will be developed for the pilot project to evaluate if it’s a good fit for Saskatoon.
What is the cost of the e-scooter program to the City?
A shared e-scooter program could be cost-neutral for the City. Operators will likely be charged a fee to operate and the City will explore options for recovering the costs of enforcement, maintenance and other program costs as part of this project.
Are e-scooters safe to ride?
Getting around Saskatoon safely is everyone’s responsibility. E-scooter riders should be respectful of other users and aware of their surroundings at all times. Safety considerations are a part of the regulatory framework being developed as part of this program.