October 30, 2019
Today, members of General Committee supported a recommendation for City staff to look at a shared program of how bikes, e-bikes or e-scooters could be used for travel in Mississauga.
“Bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters offer another way for residents to travel short distances within our City,” said Helen Noehammer, Acting Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “We will look at available options and models including publicly owned and operated, privately owned and operated as well as mixed publicly and privately owned and operated.”
The Cycling Master Plan called for the creation of bike share systems and the Transportation Master Plan recommended creating a shared system of bikes, e-bikes or e-scooters. The corporate report highlights that this kind of system is also supported by regional and provincial plans such as the Let’s Move Peel: Long Range Transportation Plan and the Ontario Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
Noehammer added that, “To determine which system would be a good fit for Mississauga, staff will review bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters that operate within a docked (devices are picked up and dropped off at specific locations) and dockless (users can park the device within certain zones) style. In addition, staff will also review standards and safety of these shared systems.”
Currently, the Ontario Highway Traffic Act doesn’t allow e-scooters on roads and sidewalks. The Government of Ontario is in the process of reviewing that Act.
The Cycling Committee and the Road Safety Committee have received presentations on these shared systems.