New legislation proposed by the BC government could be a big bonus for Kelowna’s hottest transportation trend.
E-scooters took over downtown Kelowna this summer, however, the vehicles were not permitted on roadways, leaving them to cruise along restricted pathways and sidewalks.
On Monday, the government introduced legislation that would amend the Motor Vehicle Act and pave the way for transportation such as e-scooters, electric unicycles, and segways to be used on public roads.
People who choose new types of transport (think e-scooters, electric unicycles, Segways) will benefit from MVA amendments proposed today. If passed, they'll establish a regulatory framework to allow the use of increasingly diverse modes of transportation: https://t.co/erIONNAA2K— BC Transportation (@TranBC) October 7, 2019
“We know people are changing the way they travel, and it’s important that our regulations match these changes,” said Claire Trevena, BC Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, in a statement.
“There are lots of new ways to travel and we need to make sure our laws reflect the needs of our communities today.”
While Kelowna’s e-scooters were deemed a safety issue by at least one city councillors, the pilot project was certainly popular.
According to the city’s active transportation Matt Worona, the peak summer months saw more than 5,000 riders on Kelowna’s fleet of e-scooters.