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Ontario will allow e-scooters on roads as part of five-year pilot starting January 2020

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It’s up to individual municipalities to decide if e-scooters will be permitted on public roads, but provincial rules will limit the allowable speed to 24 kilometres per hour and require riders under 18 to wear helmets. (The Logic)

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Talking point: The provincial regulations come one day after The Logic reported Ontario was likely to approve the controversial devices “very, very soon.” Ontario’s approach tasks municipalities with the decisions on more controversial issues—namely, whether or not e-scooters can operate on public roads and where they can park. There has been backlash this year around where e-scooters are parked in Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary. But some cities have already indicated they’re ready to play ball. Earlier this year, Waterloo said it was interested in permitting e-scooters on public roads once the province changed the rules. It’s unlikely to be the only one—earlier this month, Stewart Lyons, CEO of Bird Canada, told me he expects Ontario to have the most scooter markets in the country.