The City of Edmonton handed out 17 $100 fines to electric scooter users illegally riding on sidewalks during an enforcement blitz over the Victoria Day weekend.
This is the first time the city has issued tickets for the offence since e-scooters were introduced on Edmonton streets in 2019. Between May 21 and May 24, 127 warnings were also given to educate riders about the rules, city spokesman Mark Torjusen said in a statement to Postmedia Tuesday afternoon. During the 2019 and 2020 seasons combined, the city only gave 59 warnings.
The first enforcement effort by the city came after longstanding safety concerns from businesses and residents in core neighborhoods, such as Downtown and Strathcona, about e-scooters being used on the sidewalks. Under the city’s rules, e-scooters aren’t allowed on sidewalks and can be used on shared-use paths, bike lanes and on roads with a speed limit of 50 km/h or less. Only those 18 and older are allowed to use the e-scooters dispersed throughout the city and they must be parked in a way that doesn’t impact accessibility to sidewalks, doors or ramps.
There are currently three licensed vendors in the city and applications for other interested companies have been paused while the city conducts a review of the program to determine an appropriate number of providers, taking into consideration the level of demand as well as safety and enforcement capacity.
Between 2,000 and 2,500 e-scooters are currently operating on Edmonton streets across the three vendors of Bird, Lime and Spin Mobility.
Another enforcement effort is planned for June.