Montréal prepares for the arrival of the scooters, and bicycles in self-service

Montréal se prépare à l’arrivée des trottinettes et vélos en libre-service

Photo: Gabriel Bouys Agence France-Presse
Scooters electric self-service and bikes without anchor are already present in several cities around the world where, according to the municipal administration of Montreal, they can cause problems that we don’t want to know here.

Scooters self-service electric bikes, and no anchor could land in Montreal as early as this summer. To prepare, the City has developed regulations to govern this service.

Although scooters are not allowed on the roads of Quebec, the City of Montreal wanted to take the lead, as far as Quebec is preparing to adopt a decree to allow the movement of such vehicles on the public road in the framework of a pilot project.

The draft regulations of the City, which is expected to enter into force at the end of April, focuses more specifically on the ” vehicles not registered in self-service without the anchor “, they are electrical or not, which includes scooters, and bicycles in self-service does not require terminals, unlike the Bixi.

Quebec legislates on the circulation of these vehicles on the road, but Montreal has to find out where these can be parked. “It is absolutely necessary to control nuisances that may have these vehicles,” said Wednesday the head of the transport committee to the executive committee, Éric Alan Caldwell. “In other cities of the world, there are problems. Bikes and scooters lying around on the sidewalk. They interfere with the passage and can be a big nuisance, among others, for universal accessibility. […] We don’t want it to Montreal. “

The regulation prepared by the City will prohibit in particular the circulation of scooters on the sidewalks, as is already the case for the bicycle. These vehicles must be parked in areas intended for located in the city centre. They can also be left in some areas of clearance of 5 metres at intersections, where parking for cars is already banned.

As for the bikes, it will be possible to attach them to the bike racks public in 19 boroughs.

Monopoly of Bixi

Like these bikes and scooters are equipped with GPS, the companies should ensure that they are parked in the right places and to intervene if this is not the case, otherwise they could be subject to tickets. “We want to empower providers,” said Mr. Caldwell.

Operators will be required to obtain a permit — at a cost of 15 000 $ to 27 $ 500 — a before being able to deploy their vehicles.

Several companies have already expressed their interest to establish themselves in Montreal, including Uber, partner of Lime (scooters) and Jump Bikes (bicycles).

The arrival of the bikes without anchor threatens the monopoly of Bixi, but Éric Alan Caldwell held that it was not fear for the future of the public service established in Montreal 10 years ago. “The strength of Bixi is that there is a control of the supply, he states. The business model of Bixi is solid. Its competitiveness is, in our opinion, unmatched. Bixi will remain the preferred option for many Montrealers. “