MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bird Canada today announced that 250 of its shared e-scooters are available throughout the City of Montreal, and another 50 in the City of Westmount. The inexpensive to rent, easy to use, and fun to ride Bird One e-scooters provide a safe ride for residents and visitors, and can be found in neighbourhoods such as downtown Montreal, the Old Port of Montreal, and the Gay Village.
Through the Bird smartphone app, riders can find the most conveniently located Bird e-scooter and ride directly to the parking zone nearest to their desired destination. New riders are provided an in-app tutorial on how to ride a Bird and how to park it, and clear safety instructions are posted on each vehicle. Riders must wear a helmet and can request a free helmet be sent to them through the app.
In Montreal and Westmount, e-scooters are approved for use on roads where the speed limit is below 50 km/h; and must be parked in designated zones identified by both cities.
“After seeing the success of our program in two of the largest cities in Alberta, it’s great to be launching in la belle province,” said Stewart Lyons, CEO of Bird Canada. “We are working very closely with both the City of Montreal and the City of Westmount to ensure the successful roll out of our e-scooters.”
Westmount s.h.a.r.e. Safe Streets Tour
Reinforcing its focus on safety, Bird Canada is hosting its s.h.a.r.e. Safe Streets tour on Thursday, September 26 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT at Westmount Park (Ave Melville and Boulevard Maisonneuve West). The Safe Streets tour is designed to ensure responsible riding by making safety simple and giving riders and members of the community attainable and actionable tips to use for their next ride.
At the event, Bird Canada will showcase the fundamentals of safe road use for its shared e-scooters, including how to properly, responsibly, and safely ride and mindfully park them. In addition to providing attendees with micro-mobility vehicle basics, tutorials of local rules of the road, and parking best practices, Bird will also share general scooting best practices, and guidelines for respecting pedestrians, businesses, and traffic to ensure safe scooting in Montreal and Westmount.
Through its s.h.a.r.e. Safe Streets event, Bird aims to help make responsible riding simple and achievable by providing attendees with five essential s.h.a.r.e. tips:
● Safe riding. Navigate traffic with care.
● Heightened awareness. Anticipate what others might do.
● Always alert. Save the selfies and music for after the ride.
● Respect for pedestrians. Yield and keep walkways accessible.
● Every voice matters. Get involved to help your city reshape its streets.
The event is ideal for those who are interested in riding e-scooters or want greater insights on the Bird service and its fleet of e-scooters. Attendees will be able to ride one of the many Birds that will be onsite at the event, within the event perimeter. Bird will also be giving out free helmets at the event.
Additional information on e-scooter safety is available in this safety report published earlier this year by Bird. Guidelines for using e-scooters are also available online through the City of Montreal and Quebec Ministry of Transports websites.
Bird Canada’s arrival in Montreal and Westmount is part of the dockless self-serve unregistered vehicles (DSUV) pilot project currently underway in both cities.
About Bird Canada
Powered by Bird Rides, 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 affordable and uses the latest and most innovative last-mile mobility solutions for urban areas. For additional information, visit Bird online, on Twitter, and on Instagram.