E-Scooter Pilot

The City of North Vancouver is participating in an e-scooter pilot in coordination with the Provincial Government and neighbouring municipalities on the North Shore. The pilot started in March 2022 after bylaw changes were adopted by Council, and will continue until April 2024.

E-Scooters Now Legal in the City
E-Scooters are now legal to use on local streets (without continuous centreline), multi-use pathways, and in mobility lanes within the City. The rules of the road for this pilot program can be found below.

The City’s pilot allows privately-owned e-scooters for personal use on local streets, paved multi-use pathways, and in mobility lanes. E-scooter share programs will not be permitted at this time. More details regarding the Provincial pilot project can be found on the BC government website

During the pilot, e-scooters can be used on:

  • Local streets (i.e. without continuous centreline)
  • Mobility lanes (i.e. which accommodate a range of micro-mobility options like bicycles, scooters, e-bikes, and cargo bikes)
  • Paved multi-use pathways (e.g. Spirit Trail, Green Necklace)

E-scooters may not be used on sidewalks, major streets (i.e., arterial and collector roads with a continuous centreline), or unpaved park trails. Permitted areas are shown on the map below.

DID YOU KNOW?  Mobility lanes are dedicated areas on streets and pathways that accommodate a range of micro-mobility options like bicycles, scooters, e-bikes, and cargo bikes. Mobility lanes are separated from motor vehicle traffic by a demarcated buffer such as paint, curbs, planters, bollards, or other similar measures.

map of where to ride e-scooter

> Download PDF of map

In BC, e-scooter riders must be at least 16 years of age and wear a helmet while riding. There is no driver’s license requirement to operate an e-scooter. In addition, e-scooter riders must:

  • Slow down when riding near pedestrians on multi-use pathways
  • Use a bell or horn when passing other riders or pedestrians
  • Ride single-file
  • Not tow or carry another person
  • Adhere to local regulations about where e-scooters can be ridden, as in Where Can E-Scooters Go In the City, above

E-Scooters are subject to the following Provincial requirements in BC:

  • The device must have a maximum speed of 24 km/h
  • Motor power output must not exceed 500W
  • Must be equipped with an adequate braking system
  • Must have a bell or horn
  • Lights are required between sunset and sunrise
  • Device must not be equipped with a seat, pedals, or structure enclosing it

E-scooter bylaws and regulations carry fines under the Motor Vehicle Act, and are enforceable by the RCMP.

E-scooters are electrically powered kick scooters that are suited to short urban trips. They have a standing platform between the front and rear wheels, and a steering handlebar that acts directly on the front wheel(s) of the device. E-scooters in BC may have two to four wheels.

The full legal definition of an e-scooter and additional information can be found on the Province’s pilot project webpage.

Where Can E-Scooters Go in the City?

During the pilot, e-scooters can be used on:

  • Local streets (i.e. without continuous centreline)
  • Mobility lanes (i.e. which accommodate a range of micro-mobility options like bicycles, scooters, e-bikes, and cargo bikes)
  • Paved multi-use pathways (e.g. Spirit Trail, Green Necklace)

E-scooters may not be used on sidewalks, major streets (i.e., arterial and collector roads with a continuous centreline), or unpaved park trails. Permitted areas are shown on the map below.

DID YOU KNOW?  Mobility lanes are dedicated areas on streets and pathways that accommodate a range of micro-mobility options like bicycles, scooters, e-bikes, and cargo bikes. Mobility lanes are separated from motor vehicle traffic by a demarcated buffer such as paint, curbs, planters, bollards, or other similar measures.

map of where to ride e-scooter

> Download PDF of map

What Rules Apply to E-Scooters?

In BC, e-scooter riders must be at least 16 years of age and wear a helmet while riding. There is no driver’s license requirement to operate an e-scooter. In addition, e-scooter riders must:

  • Slow down when riding near pedestrians on multi-use pathways
  • Use a bell or horn when passing other riders or pedestrians
  • Ride single-file
  • Not tow or carry another person
  • Adhere to local regulations about where e-scooters can be ridden, as in Where Can E-Scooters Go In the City, above

E-Scooters are subject to the following Provincial requirements in BC:

  • The device must have a maximum speed of 24 km/h
  • Motor power output must not exceed 500W
  • Must be equipped with an adequate braking system
  • Must have a bell or horn
  • Lights are required between sunset and sunrise
  • Device must not be equipped with a seat, pedals, or structure enclosing it

E-scooter bylaws and regulations carry fines under the Motor Vehicle Act, and are enforceable by the RCMP.

What Are E-Scooters?

E-scooters are electrically powered kick scooters that are suited to short urban trips. They have a standing platform between the front and rear wheels, and a steering handlebar that acts directly on the front wheel(s) of the device. E-scooters in BC may have two to four wheels.

The full legal definition of an e-scooter and additional information can be found on the Province’s pilot project webpage.


eScooter in action

 

Contact Info

Feedback or questions regarding the e-scooter pilot may be directed to the City at transportation@cnv.org.

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