Briefing

E-scooters have sent about 60 people to hospital since Calgary launched its pilot program in early July

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The scooters have since been used by some 30,000 riders. But hospitals have also seen injuries related to their use. A Calgary emergency room doctor told the Star that about a third of those have been fractures, 10 per cent facial or head traumas, and also noted that a bolt in the scooters’ rear wheels were causing ankle injuries such as sprains and lacerations. (Star Calgary)

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Talking point: Calgary’s pilot project provides a glimpse of what other Canadian cities may face once they launch e-scooters. Companies like Bird and Lime have lobbied regulators in Ontario, B.C., Alberta and Quebec to accommodate e-scooters in cities in those provinces. Montreal also launched a pilot project in early July. Unlike other cities, Calgary only allows e-scooters on sidewalks, pathways and in bike lanes, rather than on roads. Part of the pilot project’s focus is determining the best place for users to ride them. Cities in the U.S. have also seen injuries caused by e-scooter use. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that of 271 scooter accidents in Austin over a three-month period, nearly half were head injuries.