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 City of Hamilton has officially launched an e-scooter pilot program today, bringing 150 top-of-the-line @BirdRideCanada scooters to Wards 1,2,3 & 13 today, and up to 450 scooters in the coming weeks. Find out more at: https://t.co/1pQY5zsIVQ. #HamOnt pic.twitter.com/xGI9CvHdCe— City of Hamilton (@cityofhamilton) April 3, 2023
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!