More Cities in Alberta Adopt Micromobility: Leduc and St. Albert Welcome Bird Canada e-Scooters
Bird Canada today announced that its shared e-scooters are being deployed within the next week in two Alberta communities – Leduc and St. Albert. While this is the second consecutive season that e-scooters will be available in St. Albert, it is the first time that Leduc will be adopting micromobility as a quick, low-cost, fun, and environmentally friendly way for residents and visitors to get to local restaurants, retail locations, schools, and more.
“Following our highly successful e-scooter deployments in Calgary over the past three years, it’s encouraging to see more cities throughout Alberta also adopting our vehicles as a sustainable and fun alternative to short car trips,” said Stewart Lyons, CEO of Bird Canada. “While those living in or visiting these cities will benefit from micromobility, research has shown that there is also a tremendous economic advantage for local businesses due to increased foot traffic from riders.”
How to Use Bird Canada e-Scooters
- To use the e-scooters, riders must download the Bird smartphone app.
- Through the app, riders can locate the most conveniently located Bird e-scooter and ride directly to their desired destination.
- New riders are provided an in-app tutorial on how to properly use Bird e-scooters and how to park it in compliance with local rules.
- Riders can start a trip by scanning the QR code located on the e-scooter. The cost to ride is $1.15 to unlock and $0.35 per minute.
- As helmets are required in St. Albert and encouraged in Leduc, riders can request a free helmet be sent to them through the app.
- Riders are requested to park Bird e-scooters in the furniture zone of the sidewalk, out of the public right of way, in line with benches, trees, and bike racks without blocking pedestrian travel.
Throughout the summer, Bird Canada will be hosting a series of Safety Events in each community to help educate new riders and ensure everyone is following the rules of the road. During these events – which are hosted in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and health and safety experts – riders can learn about the fundamentals of safe road use for non-car users, how to responsibly and properly ride and park Bird Canada vehicles, micromobility vehicle basics, tutorials of local rules of the road, and parking best practices. New riders will also receive a free helmet. To kick off the series, Bird Canada will host a Launch Safety Event in Leduc on Friday, May 6th at 9am at Telford House (4907 46 St, Leduc, AB).
“We are excited for the benefits that e-scooters will bring to the City of Leduc during this two-year pilot. Residents can enjoy an additional transportation option, while also supporting our environmental commitment of greenhouse gas reduction, when they make that short trip to the store or explore the outdoor trails in the community, ” said Bob Young, Mayor, City of Leduc.
If riders have any questions or concerns regarding the service, they can reach out directly to Bird Canada at email@example.com or 1-866-205-2442. They can also write to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, for any general questions about operations in their respective community.
About Bird Canada
Powered by Bird, Bird Canada Inc. operates an electric vehicle sharing program. Bird Canada is a Canadian-owned and operated company that offers Canadians, and visitors to Canada, a new way to avoid congestion and get around that is sustainable and uses the latest and most innovative last-mile mobility solutions for urban areas. For additional information, visit BirdCanada.ca, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.
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Jodi Echakowitz or Christy Laverty
Boulevard Public Relations (for Bird Canada)
Sara Evans Saunders
Head of Marketing and Partnerships
City of Leduc