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Electric Scooter Pilot

On Monday, Oct. 2, 2018, City of Waterloo council approved a pilot project for electric scooters. This pilot will operate between Oct. 2 to Nov. 30, 2018 and in the Spring from April 1 to Sept. 30. 2019.

photo of an escooter

The purpose of this pilot is to study, monitor and evaluate electric scooter patterns and use within a defined pilot area within the City of Waterloo. The pilot route is confined along the Laurel Trail between Waterloo Park Promenade to the south, and extends northerly along the University campus (only on the trail) to the David Johnston Research + Technology Park district and Factory Square Campus. The pilot route is shown on these two maps and is subject to change during the pilot.

Click on the maps below to enlarge.

Map of the pilot area - zoom in


Map of the pilot area - full route

All users are to travel along the pilot route, and, to dismount and walk across any intersection or Light Rail Transit corridor. The pilot route is subject to change  during the pilot process.  All users are asked to stay within the designated pilot route area.

This additional route signage will be posted during the pilot project.

Pilot route sign         Designated parking haven/hub         No escooters allowed sign

As part of this pilot, all users must be:

  • 18 years or older;
  • wear a helmet; and
  • have a valid driver's licence.

All users are subject to the Criminal Code of Canada and are required to dismount and walk across any intersection (street or transportation corridors). Scooters are not to be taken outside the designated routes and are to be parked in designated haven/hub spot locations identified by blue signs. The route and parking areas may evolve during the pilot and is subject ot minor changes and adjustments administered through the City of Waterloo.

Electric scooters are not defined under the Provincial Highway Traffic Act and therefore are not currently allowed on public roads. Electric scooters are permitted on private property and limited other locations. This pilot may be used towards local and provincial reforms to support greater use of alternate transportation means such as the electric scooters in this pilot. 

More information

If residents have questions about the pilot or wish to share input, please contact the economic development division using the contact details at the top of the page.