Where should people be allowed to ride e-scooters in Waterloo Region?

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This project supports the Region of Waterloo's strategic focus area(s): Icons representing the Region's strategic focus areas, Sustainable transportation and Environment and climate action.

What is this project about?

Effective January 1, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) launched a new, five-year pilot to permit Electric Kick Scooters (e-scooters) on roads (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/vehicles/electric/electric-scooters.shtml).

The province outlined that it is up to municipalities to pass by-laws to permit the use of e-scooters locally and determine where they can and cannot operate.

What is an e-scooter?

E-scooters have battery-powered motors with a platform for your feet and are steered with waist-high handlebars. This MTO pilot project does not address mobility/accessibility scooters, e-bikes, or

This project supports the Region of Waterloo's strategic focus area(s): Icons representing the Region's strategic focus areas, Sustainable transportation and Environment and climate action.

What is this project about?

Effective January 1, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) launched a new, five-year pilot to permit Electric Kick Scooters (e-scooters) on roads (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/vehicles/electric/electric-scooters.shtml).

The province outlined that it is up to municipalities to pass by-laws to permit the use of e-scooters locally and determine where they can and cannot operate.

What is an e-scooter?

E-scooters have battery-powered motors with a platform for your feet and are steered with waist-high handlebars. This MTO pilot project does not address mobility/accessibility scooters, e-bikes, or electric mopeds.

MTO e-scooter rules can be found in the documents under the "Ontario E-scooter Pilot Program" tab under the Photo Gallery and include:

  • E-scooter maximum speed: 24 km/hr
  • Minimum rider age: 16 years old (bike helmets required 16-18)
  • No passengers allowed
  • Must have brakes, horn/bell, front white light, and rear red light

The Region of Waterloo and the Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo want your input on where people should be allowed to ride an e-scooter in our community.

Staff from the Region of Waterloo and Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo have prepared several options for permitting e-scooters locally. These options range from nowhere (i.e., not permitted in Waterloo Region) to anywhere a bike can go (i.e., any path or roadway other than controlled-access highways).

Your responses will help inform staff reports to City and Regional Councils on if and where personally-owned e-scooters can be ridden in Waterloo Region. Based on the decision of the respective councils, staff will also consider requirements for e-scooter rental companies (scooter-share) that wish to operate in our community.

Please note that the Region and Cities will follow MTO best practice and will not permit sidewalk riding in any scenario. Riding e-scooters on sidewalks can create accessibility issues and presents a greater risk of injury for pedestrians and persons with disabilities.

Typical E-scooter Design


  • RFP for Shared Micromobility Program (Deadline: August 30, 2022)

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    This jointly developed Request for Proposal (RFP) is being issued by the Region of Waterloo on behalf of the Region of Waterloo and Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo.

    The purpose of this RFP is to solicit proposals from qualified and experienced micromobility service providers for a shared commercial system. The Project Team is seeking a single operator to provide these services.

    The deadline to receive proposals is Tuesday, August 30 2022 at 2pm EDT.

    The link to the RFP may be found here (https://regionofwaterloo.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en/Tender/Detail/3de971bc-7aeb-4870-a0f8-694d0bb852c5)

  • E-scooters permitted by Region and Cities

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    Effective July 1, 2022, e-scooters are permitted within the Region and Cities on:

    • All roads 50 km/hr or less
    • All roads with bike lanes, regardless of speed limit
    • On all boulevard multi-use paths
      • E.g., paved trails next to roads like Homer Watson Blvd.
    • Select paved recreation multi-use trails
      • E.g., Iron Horse Trail, Spur Line Trail, etc.


    Helmets are mandatory for all e-scooter riders, regardless of age.

    Visit the e-scooter project timeline on this page and visit the Region's By-laws page for more information.

    The Region and Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo will be looking at proposals for a shared rental system for bikes and e-scooters from September to October 2022.

    The Project Team will work with the selected operator to set a 2023 launch date.

Page last updated: 05 Aug 2022, 10:38 AM