Have you had someone whizz past you on one of Montreal’s new green scooters yet?
Wondering what these new machines are and if they’re here to stay? In this post, we detail everything you need to know about Montreal’s new mode of transport.
What are the electric scooters?
In August, the city of Montreal approved permits for Lime, a US-based vehicle-sharing company, to provide up to 430 e-scooters for riders in the city.
The new hop-on hop-off scooters are powered by batteries and are able to hit speeds of up to 20 km/h. They are initially available in Ville-Marie, Côte-des-Neiges, Villeray—Saint-Michel—Parc-Extension and Westmount, but the service may expand into other boroughs in the coming months depending on the success.
Montreal e-scooter rules
E-scooters are now a common sight in the world’s largest cities. Montreal, however, has implemented some of the strictest regulations to make the new mode of transport safe and prevent littering of the scooters on sidewalks and roads.
The rules of use include:
- Riders must be aged 18 and over and have a permit for a moped.
- The use of a helmet is mandatory.
- Scooters must be parked in one of the 239 specifically designated parking spots.
- No riding is allowed on sidewalks or on roads with speed limits of 50 km/h or more.
With these rules in place, it remains to be seen whether the scooters will become a popular permanent fixture in Montreal. The pilot project will conclude in November, after which the city will decide whether they want to renew the project for the next year.
Montreal transport options
Montrealers love to get involved in new forms of public transportation added to the city. The BIXI bike-sharing scheme, for example, was introduced to the city in 2014 and in 2018 had an annual ridership of 5,300,000.
In the first few weeks of implementation, Lime e-scooters seem to have been well received by tourists and locals alike, making them the latest in a long list of ways for Montreal residents to get from A to B.
Alongside the new e-scooters and bike-sharing program (that’s also recently added electric bikes to the fleet), Montreal has an efficient STM Metro with 68 stations along four separate lines and a regular interconnected bus system that reaches suburbs and areas further afield.
The numerous modes of transport and Montreal’s willingness to embrace new technologies are factors that contribute to the demand for Montreal real estate.