Phase 1 Report
The report is pretty lengthy, at 111 pages, however it includes much more than just information about the e-scooters. There’s info on the e-bikes program too, city pathway and bike path plan updates, parking, and safer mobility for Calgarians. The e-scooter portion begins in section 7.1, on page 19.
Breaking Down The Data
Here are some of the points I found personally interesting from the report.
- Lime deployed 1000 e-scooters, Bird deployed 500.
- 750,000 recorded e-Scooter trips from July 2019 to October 2019.
- The City conducted a survey which OVER 9,000 people responded to. 2/3rd of e-scooter users tended to use them from 5 to 15 trips, and described them as ‘more fun’ than e-bikes.
- There were 281 calls to 311 complaints regarding e-scooters and e-bikes
- Sidewalk Riding (109) – 39%
- Bad/Inconsiderate Behavior (77) – 28%
- Parking concern (60) – 21%
- Other (35) – 12%
- 33 e-scooter injuries required an ambulance.
- Serious injuries occurred at a rate of 1 in 100,000 rides.
- Non-serious injuries occurred at a rate of 1 in 1,500 rides.
- 1 of the 33 were wearing a helmet.
- 5 of the 33 were double riding.
- Most injuries occurred in August between 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM, and mostly on Mondays and Saturdays.
- 32 of the 33 were riders and one person was a pedestrian.
- 9 injured people were tested for alcohol; 8 out of 9 people had alcohol in their system.
- 1/3rd of all e-scooter trips were replacing a car trip.
- Over 50% of e-scooter and e-bike trips ended in business districts, which supports the local economy.
- The most popular destinations were Stephen Avenue, Eau Claire, Kensington, East Village, 17th Avenue SW and 4th Street SW
E-scooter Changes Coming In Phase 2
Based on the first phase of the pilot program and what the city has learned, they’re going to make a few changes when the second phase begins. Phase 2 will be from Spring to Fall in 2020.
- Along 4th ST SW (Mission) and 17th AVE SW e-scooter speed will be reduced from 20 km/h to 15 km/h.
- Designated parking zones will be installed in areas of high e-scooter usage. Funding will come from the e-scooter fees people pay to use them.
- The City is looking for ways to better enforce the rules.
- E-scooters will remain on sidewalks and pathways
There were actually fewer injuries than I expected. Can’t wait for e-scooters to hit the streets again!
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