Windsor’s e-scooter pilot program is off and running, following Bird Canada’s announcement that 500 Bird Two e-scooters are now available for use in the region.
Last year, city council greenlit the pilot to move ahead for 12 months but it faced delays due to the pandemic. The e-scooters, however, are now available "as a low-cost way to get around," Bird Canada said in a release.
Boundaries have been defined regarding where someone can pick up an e-scooter in Windsor: the riverfront to the north, Prince Road to the west, Tecumseh Road to the south and Drouillard Road to the east.
"Bird Canada has hired a local team to manage the roll-out of its e-scooters and educate users on how to properly, responsibly, and safely ride and mindfully park e-scooters. All e-scooters deployed for this pilot will feature Windsor-specific branding," the company said.
Riders must download the Bird app on their smartphone to find the nearest e-scooter. Safety and parking guidelines are provided, along with a tutorial on how to use the scooter.
The company adds riders can request a free helmet to be sent to them through the app.
"Riders are requested to park e-scooters in the furniture zone of the sidewalk, out of the public right of way, in line with benches, trees, and bike racks without blocking pedestrian travel," said Bird Canada. This screenshot from the Bird Canada app shows where e-scooters can be picked up and used in Windsor during this 12-month pilot project. (Bird Canada) "Some areas within the City of […]