By the Editor, Ottawa Sun, June 14, 2020
We may not have reliable light rail transit, Ottawa, but look on the bright side: At least we can have electric scooters. Until October, anyway.
City council has approved a pilot project that will allow the two-wheeled, battery-powered scooters on many of our roads and municipal pathways until then, to see how this form of transportation works. Earlier this year, the Ontario government approved such pilots.
Supporters like this mode of transport because it could get some vehicles off the road, particularly for very short trips. That would help the environment and presumably reduce congestion. We like it because … hey, free enterprise! If a company can sell or rent you an e-scooter and you’re willing to pay, why shouldn’t you have the choice? Two companies have already said they’re interested in running e-scooter rentals here.