E-scooter season coming to a close in Brampton with more than 200,000 km travelled in first year
Published November 10, 2023 at 1:20 pm
Brampton’s electric scooter project is winding down for the season as riders have travelled more than 200,000 kilometres since the service launched earlier this year.
Hundreds of electric vehicles hit the road in April, making Brampton the first city in the GTA to launch an e-scooter program after the province OK’d municipalities to permit and regulate their use.
Since then, Neuron Mobility (one of three e-scooter operators in Brampton) says its customers have racked up more than 200,000 kilometres in trips with an average of around 2.1 kilometres per ride.
The first year of the e-scooter pilot is ending in November, with Neuron saying its last day of service for the season will be Sunday (Nov. 12). Insauga.com has reached out to the city to confirm whether Brampton’s other two providers, Bird Canada, and Scooty Mobility, will also be shutting down on the same date but no response was received.
E-scooter rides are also replacing a large number of vehicle trips, with Neuron saying some 42 per cent of all trips in Brampton replaced a car journey, eliminating an estimated 14 tonnes of CO2.
“Riders are using them to replace short car journeys and three in five trips result in a purchase at local businesses which is boosting the city’s economy,” said Ankush Karwal, General Manager of Neuron Mobility in Canada. “As the first season comes to a close we want to thank the City of Brampton and our riders for their continued trust and support in making the program a success.”
Neuron found that riders spend an average of $39 at local businesses per e-scooter trip for an estimated injection of $3.7 million into Brampton’s economy.
E-scooters providers in Brampton signed an agreement for two years with the city reserving the right to terminate the agreement in the case of a breach. One-year renewals could also be considered for an additional three terms depending on the outcome of the pilot.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising