In May of 2021, Red Deer City Council approved the implementation of a two-year electric scooter (e-scooter) pilot project to start summer of 2021, with no limits on the number of companies or e-Scooters that can participate. E-scooters will return March 15, 2022 (or later, depending on weather), for the second summer pilot.
The open market option that was approved means there will be no caps on the number of businesses that can apply to the program, or the number of e-scooters the businesses can bring into the pilot. This will allow for the market in Red Deer to determine the demand.
Project summary: Summer 2021
Six e-scooter companies were awarded a permit to operate their shared e-scooters in Red Deer for the first year of the pilot project: Neuron, Roll Scooters, Link Scooters, Bird Canada, Spin and Lime. While The City of Red Deer provides the program framework, the program is fully funded and operated by the e-scooter companies.
Bird Canada, is a Canadian owned and operated company with headquarters in Calgary. Bird e-Scooters are black and white.
Neuron brought their latest and safest Canadian-spec e-scooters, which are fitted with the world’s first app-controlled helmet lock, integrating a safety helmet to every e-scooter. Neuron e-scooters are orange.
Roll Scooters is a Canadian owned, developed, and operated micro-mobility company incubated in the University of Toronto's Entrepreneurship Hub. Roll e-scooters are yellow.
Link Scooters brings a new generation of safe and thoughtful micromobility to cities worldwide. Link e-scooters are also yellow.
Spin is headquartered in San Francisco, Spin (a unit of Ford Mobility) operates dockless electric scooters on campuses and in cities across North America and Europe. Spin e-scooters are orange and black.
Lime e-scooters are located in more than 100 cities worldwide with an aim to reduce dependence on personal automobiles for short distance transportation and leave future generations with a cleaner, healthier planet. Lime e-scooters are green.