Shared e-scooters have been a huge hit in Calgary! Calgarians and tourists took over 1.7 million trips by e-scooter since this pilot began in late 2018. That’s over 2.2 million kilometres travelled. However, this is still just a pilot and it is wrapping up this fall. The City needs your feedback to inform whether shared e-scooters become a permanent fixture on Calgary streets.
While hugely successful in terms of usage, there have been challenges around safety and storage. If approved to stay, the rules for e-scooters could also change, so we need feedback there too.
The key item I’m interested in hearing feedback on is whether or not the sidewalk is the correct place for e-scooters. Calgary bans e-scooters from the street, while many other cities ban them from the sidewalk. Do we have this right?
I’ve also heard that nearly everyone prefers when e-scooter riders have a dedicated place to ride, such as a cycle track of bike lane. This takes them off the sidewalk and off the street. The City needs your feedback about whether we need more dedicated space to keep people on e-scooters and bikes safe. That’s an obvious “YES!” for me.
Take the survey here: https://escootershare2020.questionpro.ca
We’d like to provide you with our last update relating to the Crowchild Trail Upgrades Project!
We’re pleased to announce that all major upgrades involved in this project are complete. While you will notice a few skeleton crews putting some finishing touches on this project through to the end of this construction season, the new lanes are open, traffic flow has been improved over the Bow River and we hope you’ve had the chance to take advantage of the increased connectivity to our pathway network.
While the medium and long-term plans for Crowchild Trail are approved, they remain unfunded.
We’d like to personally thank you for your support, patience and understanding while our crews worked next to your homes, businesses and communities. We could have never done it without you. We’ve created a video that summarizes the innovation behind this project and our sincerest thanks to our fellow Calgarians.
Thank you again and highest regards,
Senior Transportation Engineer, Crowchild Trail Upgrades
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