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RCMP remind people about electric scooter rules, safety

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:15 PDT, Thu August 11, 2022

Last Updated: 2:58 PDT, Thu August 11, 2022

Richmond RCMP road safety unit and Richmond RCMP volunteers will be working alongside the city to provide proactive education to the public so they can safely enjoy their electric scooter ride. 

Richmond was selected as one of the cities to participate in the province’s three-year Electric Kick Scooter Pilot Project. Since July 2021, community members have been allowed to legally ride an electric scooter (e-scooter) on some municipal streets and paved pathways, while adhering to provincial Motor Vehicle Act regulations and city bylaws. 

Provincial regulations for e-scooter operators include:

  • Riders must be 16 years or older.
  • Riders must wear a helmet.
  • It is illegal to operate an electric kick scooter while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • People must ride alone, and must not transport any passengers. This includes no towing another person, vehicle, cycle, or other device, including another electric kick scooter.
  • Failing to follow these rules can be costly, resulting in fines up to $ 2,000.00. To learn more about e-scooter regulations visit the B.C. government website (available in English only).

In the City of Richmond, e-scooters are permitted to operate only on the following routes:

  • Streets with cycling facilities such as bike lanes.
  • Local streets without cycling facilities, defined as a street without lanes lines or a directional dividing line and a maximum speed limit of 50 kilometres per hour or less.
  • Streets without cycling facilities that have a directional dividing line and a maximum speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour.
  • Off-street paved pathways next to the roadway or in parks that are signed and marked for shared use with pedestrians.

E-scooters are not permitted on sidewalks or on unpaved trails. Maximum speeds are:

  • 20 kilometres per hour on roadways.
  • 15 kilometres per hour on paved pathways shared with pedestrians.

Fines for infractions range from $95 to $175. To learn more, visit the city’s website.

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