Hamilton just got its own network of e-scooters

Another public transportation option has landed in Hamilton in the form of compact e-scooters

As part of an Ontario pilot program to evaluate the integration of e-scooters into our transportation infrastructure, Hamilton has just launched 150 Bird Canada e-scooters in Wards 1, 2, 3, and 13, with as many as 450 scooters made available in more wards in the coming weeks.

The shared e-scooters are rentable using the Bird Canada smartphone app, with plans available in pay-as-you-go, 3-day, 7-day, and monthly passes. 

Each one comes equipped with a built in GPS, a speedometer, front and rear lighting, puncture-resistant tires, and safety decals. When not in use, the e-scooters can be locked to permissible public infrastructure such as bike racks or streetlight poles. 

Covering the same service area as Hamilton Bike Share, the e-scooters can be driven on roads with a speed limit of 50 km per hour or less; roads with biking facilities regardless of speed limit; boulevard multi-use or bike paths like the Keddy Access Trail, and select paved trails in local parks. 

Areas not permitted for the e-scooters include sidewalks, controlled access highways, or unpaved recreational trails. 

Have you checked out Hamilton’s new e-scooter program? What do you think? Let us know in the comments! 

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