B.C. government seeks proposals for new zero-emission e-scooter devices

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      New types of e-scooters could be hitting the streets of cities across the province within a few months.

      As part of its strategy to implement cleaner and active transportation, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure opened its call for proposals from municipalities and First Nations for pilot projects to test new and emerging transportation technologies, similar to e-scooters or electric skateboards, that aren’t currently authorized for use on streets or sidewalks.

      These micromobility devices are defined as devices with zero-emission motors that transport one user.

      The provincial government approved changes to the Motor Vehicle Act in the autumn of 2019 that will enable it to work with communities to research and test how new mobility micromobility devices can address transit needs while enhancing the safety of all road users by reducing traffic congestion.

      The ministry has made a pilot project proposal package available online and proposals will be accepted until 4 p.m. on March 6. Projects may be implemented as soon as the summer of this year.

      The package and information is available at the B.C. government website.

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