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Vancouverites are searching for methods to get round throughout the pandemic whereas additionally sustaining distance from others, and one metropolis councillor needs shared electrical bikes and kick scooters to be among the many choices.
Sarah Kirby-Yung will convey ahead a motion at Tuesday’s council assembly to ask town to work with the provincial authorities on bylaw amendments so shared e-scooter and e-bike pilot program may be in place by this fall.
In response to a provincial call for proposals earlier this 12 months, town submitted a plan for a pilot mission to review utilization patterns for private e-scooters, which aren’t at the moment permitted on roads or sidewalks in B.C., however which means it’s unlikely shared e-scooters would seem on metropolis streets earlier than subsequent summer season or 2022, she mentioned.
“I feel that’s a very long time off … when it comes to COVID response,” Kirby-Yung mentioned.
She mentioned the thought can be to have non-public firms, similar to Lime, Fowl and ofo, run the share packages whereas paying municipal charges to cowl administration prices. As an example, in Calgary, firms pay an software charge, safety deposit and an annual per-vehicle charge.