E-scooters cause a bump in complaints, service requests in Ottawa
OTTAWA -- Ottawa Police and the City of Ottawa have received several complaints and service requests since e-scooters hit the roads this summer.
The city's Electric E-Scooter Bylaw took effect on June 29, allowing privately owned e-scooters to operate on roadways, bike lanes and municipal bike paths.
On July 16, the city launched the shared e-scooter pilot project with three operators, offering up to 600 e-scooters to rent across the city. Between July 16 and Aug. 11, there were over 65,000 trips on shared e-scooters.
In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, the city says it has received 23 service requests regarding e-scooters. The city reminds residents and businesses that they can contact the e-scooter provider directly to report improperly parked e-scooters.
Meantime, Ottawa Police issued seven tickets to people riding e-scooters on sidewalks.
Sgt. Mark Gatien says an officer was assigned to e-scooter on sidewalk enforcement after the service received "many complaints" about e-scooters on sidewalks.
Gatien says seven tickets were issued on Monday worth $180 each. Four of the tickets were issued on the Mackenzie King Bridge.
E-Scooters are a form of mobility that supports physical distancing and reduces car trips on our streets and crowding on transit.