Cochrane residents have a new, fun way to get around town with the launch of shared e-scooter services starting Friday, August 13.
Roll Scooters has been awarded a permit to operate their shared e-scooters in Cochrane on a two-and-a-half year pilot program. The program will be introduced in a phased approach, starting in the Historic Downtown, Quarry, East End, Glenbow, Riverview, West Valley/Terrace/Point. More communities will be added as demand grows.
Cochrane’s Sustainability & Transit Coordinator, Devin LaFleche, says the e-scooter pilot, which is designed to gauge public interest and evaluate safe and courteous riding and parking, will run until the end of October.
“This is a great opportunity for Cochrane to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to short car trips and is a wonderful recreational opportunity for our community,” said LaFleche.
“The e-scooters are provided at no cost to the Town and a portion of the revenue from each trip is donated back towards micro-mobility related projects, such as building and maintaining protected bike lanes,” he added.
Roll Scooters is a Canadian owned, developed, and operated micro-mobility company hatched in the University of Toronto's Entrepreneurship Hub. Roll e-scooters are currently operating in the cities of Red Deer and Kelowna.
While Cochrane provides the program framework, the program is fully operated by Roll Scooters. Roll has their own app for safety and user information for Cochrane residents to download and use.
All e-scooter users are expected to follow provincial regulations and rules of the road. Riders must be over 16 and stay off sidewalks and highways. Helmets are encouraged, but not required.
And because e-scooters can now go anywhere that bikes can – including on Cochrane’s shared pathways – riders are expected to yield to pedestrians and park respectfully without blocking sidewalks, driveways, bike lanes or pathways.
For more information about the e-scooter pilot program in Cochrane, visit cochrane.ca/eScooters.