Electric kick scooter pilot project
It is illegal to use an electric kick scooter on a road or highway in:
- Any community that is not participating in the pilot project
- A pilot community that has not yet enacted bylaws for the pilot project
Electric kick scooters are only allowed on roads and highways in participating pilot communities and in accordance with the Electric Kick Scooter Pilot Project Regulation and bylaws of each pilot community.
Operating an electric kick scooter
What is an electric kick scooter?
An electric kick scooter is a regulated motorized personal mobility device that has:
Up to four wheels placed along a longitudinal axis, one to two wheels at the front of the device and one to two wheels at the rear, with a platform for standing along the longitudinal axis between the front wheels and the back wheels
- A steering handlebar that acts directly on the steerable wheels at the front of the device
- One or more electric motors that are powered solely by one or more electric batteries
How fast is an electric kick scooter?
An electric kick scooter cannot have a motor (or motors) that:
- Has a continuous power output rating that in total exceeds 500 W, and
- Is capable of propelling the electric kick scooter at a speed that exceeds 24 km/h on a clean, paved and level surface
In addition, the motor/motors must cease to propel the device forward if the accelerator is released or if the brakes are applied.
Electric kick scooter equipment requirements
An electric kick scooter must be equipped with:
- A braking system that meets the minimum requirements for stopping in the regulation,
- Wheels that are no more than 430mm in diameter,
- A bell or horn, and
- A white or amber light on the front of the device when operated between sunset and sunrise (note: if the device is not equipped with a light an operator may carry or wear a light on their person when operating the device)
In addition, the device must not be equipped with a seat (or a surface or structure that may be used as a seat), pedals, or a structure enclosing it.
You can only operate an electric kick scooter on a road in a pilot community, in accordance with the provincial regulation and bylaws of the pilot community.
Pilot communities: Currently, under the provincial pilot project regulation, the following participating communities may enact bylaws to allow for use of electric kick scooters on roads in their communities:
Pilot community street and highway use: On streets or highways designated by a pilot community for the use of electric kicks scooters, you must ride an electric kick scooter as follows:
- If speed limit is 50km/h or less:
- Use designated lanes for cycling, or
- If no designated lane for cycling exists, ride as near as possible to the right side of the street
- If speed limit is greater than 50km/h:
- Electric kick scooters may only be ridden in designated cycle lanes on streets or highways with a speed limit of more than 50km/h
Sidewalk use is prohibited: You must not ride your electric kick scooter on sidewalks unless a traffic control device (e.g. sign, signal) permits the operation of cycles on a sidewalk and the pilot community’s bylaw permits such operation.
Municipal parks and lands: Check your community's bylaws to find out if you may ride your electric kick scooter in municipal parks or on municipal lands.
Crosswalks: You are prohibited from using your electric kick scooter at a crosswalk unless a traffic control device (e.g. sign, signal) permits cycles to operate on that same crosswalk.
Rules and safety
Generally, the rules of cycling in B.C. apply to the use of an electric kick scooter on a road in a pilot community. Get safety tips and learn about how to safely operate your electric kick scooter.