Item - 2020.IE14.10

Tracking Status

  • City Council considered this item on July 28, 2020 and referred this item to an official or another committee or body. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the referral.
  • This item was considered by Infrastructure and Environment Committee on July 9, 2020 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on July 28, 2020.
  • See also DI7.3

IE14.10 - E-Scooters - A Vision Zero Road Safety Approach

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Referred
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 28 and 29, 2020, referred Item IE14.10 to the General Manager, Transportation Services and directed the General Manager, Transportation Services to report back with any changes needed to address the issues identified by the City’s Accessibility Committee, including issues related to insurance.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 24, 2020) Report and Attachment 1 and 2 from the General Manager, Transportation Services on E-Scooters - A Vision Zero Road Safety Approach
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-148266.pdf
Attachment 3 - E-Scooter Focus Groups Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-148278.pdf
Attachment 4 -Views of Toronto residents on e-scooters (Summary Report)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-148279.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 28, 2019) Letter from Paul Woroshow (IE.Main.IE14.10.1)
(October 15, 2019) Letter from Evan Woolley, Councillor, Ward 8, City of Calgary (IE.Main.IE14.10.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-107711.pdf
(July 3, 2020) E-mail from Jane Stratton (IE.New.IE14.10.3)
(July 6, 2020) Letter from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (IE.New.IE14.10.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-107988.pdf
(July 7, 2020) Letter from Al Smith, Briar de Lange, Grant Humes, Janice Solomon, Mark Garner and Tim Kocur (IE.New.Ie14.10.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108008.pdf
(July 7, 2020) Letter from Kat Clarke, Senior Manager, Government Relations (Ontario) (IE.New.IE14.10.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108009.pdf
(July 8, 2020) Submission from David Lepofsky, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, on behalf of 11 organizations (IE.New.IE.14.10.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108148.pdf
(July 8, 2020) Letter from John Rae (IE.New.IE14.10.8)
(July 8, 2020) E-mail from Kate Chung (IE.New.IE14.10.9)
(July 8, 2020) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents Associations (IE.New.IE14.10.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108188.pdf
(July 8, 2020) Letter from Kathrin Bohr, Executive Director, ABC Residents Association (IE.New.IE14.10.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108209.pdf
(July 8, 2020) Letter from Chris Schafer, Vice President, Government Affairs, Bird Canada (IE.New.IE14.10.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108248.pdf
(July 8, 2020) Letter from Michael Longfield, Interim Executive Director, Cycle Toronto, Toronto Centre Cyclists and Ward 14 Bikes (IE.New.IE14.10.13)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108288.pdf
(July 8, 2020) Letter from Leonard Baker, President and Chief Executive Officer, March of Dimes Canada (IE.New.IE14.10.14)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108328.pdf
(July 7, 2020) Letter from Anne MacDonald, AVP, Ancillary Services, University of Toronto and Andrew Arifuzzaman, Chief Administrative Officer, University of Toronto (Scarborough) (IE.New.IE14.10.15)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108329.pdf
(July 9, 2020) E-mail from Jonathan Hopkins, Director, Strategic Development, Canada and North West United States, Lime (IE.New.IE14.10.16)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108548.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(July 8, 2020) Letter from Shoaib Ahmed, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Scooty (CC.Main.IE14.10.17)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-113949.pdf
(July 24, 2020) Letter from Kat Clarke, Senior Manager, Government Relations, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CC.Supp.IE14.10.18)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-114149.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Redundant)

That City Council delete the Infrastructure and Environment Committee Recommendations and adopt instead the following:

 

1.  City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the City Solicitor, to report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on a by-law to make E-Scooters illegal in the City of Toronto.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 1 by Councillor Perks redundant due to Council's adoption of motion 3 by Councillor Fletcher.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Redundant)

That City Council direct that helmets be made mandatory for any e-scooter, rented or owned, while operated in any right of way in Toronto.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 2 by Councillor Carroll redundant due to Council's adoption of motion 3 by Councillor Fletcher.


3 - Motion to Refer Item moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Carried)

That City Council refer the Item to the General Manager, Transportation Services and direct the General Manager to report back with any changes needed to address the issues identified by the City’s Accessibility Committee, including issues related to insurance.

Vote (Refer Item) Jul-28-2020

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE14.10 - Fletcher - motion 1 - Refer the item
Total members that voted Yes: 12 Members that voted Yes are Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Paula Fletcher, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 11 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Jennifer McKelvie
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Joe Cressy, Jaye Robinson

10a - E-scooter Oversight and Management - Accessibility Feedback

Background Information (Committee)
(February 3, 2020) Letter from The Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee on E-scooter Oversight and Management - Accessibility Feedback
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-148404.pdf

IE14.10 - E-Scooters - A Vision Zero Road Safety Approach

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommends that:  

 

1. City Council request that the General Manager, Transportation Services, report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on November 5, 2020 on the recommendations below, including, but not limited to, injury, fatality and collision investigations and data collection and tracking, further standards development for e- scooter device design, as well as consultations on proposed by-law changes with the accessibility community and other external (including the public) and internal stakeholders (e.g., Toronto Police Services, Toronto Parking Authority, and Toronto Public Health), including proposed by-law changes based on best practices developed in Canadian Municipalities required to opt in to the Provincial e-scooter pilot for May 2021, including, but not limited to, where e-scooters would be allowed to operate and be parked in the city right of way.

 

2. City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 179 - Parking Authority by adding the term, "micromobility", in section 179-7.1 to expand the Toronto Parking Authority's authority over the bike share system to add micromobility share system as shown in the amended section in Attachment 1 to the report (June 24, 2020) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

3. City Council request that the Ontario Ministry of Transportation amend the Motor Vehicle Collision Report to add electric kick-scooters as a vehicle type and to treat e-scooters as a motor vehicle for reporting purposes.

 

4. City Council request that the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General establish set fines for violations of O. Reg. 389/19, Pilot Project - Electric Kick-Scooters, and communicate these set fines to Toronto Police Services through an All Chiefs Bulletin.

 

5. City Council request that the General Manager, Transportation Services, consult with internal and external stakeholders regarding the lack of available medical coverage for e-scooter users and non-users when injured, and explore options with other government and industry stakeholders on creating a solution for automatic no-fault benefits for medical and rehabilitation expenses not provided through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) for those injured in incidents involving e-scooters and other micromobility devices.

 

6. City Council request that the Ontario Ministry of Transportation strengthen its standards and specifications for e-scooters in O. Reg. 389/19, Pilot Project - Electric Kick-Scooters based on the latest best practice research.

 

7. City Council request that the General Manager of Transportation, in consultation with health agencies and/or academic partners, to explore options and methods for studying the health impacts of e-scooter use, including, but not limited to, tracking the number and types of injuries and fatalities related to e-scooters.

 

8. City Council request that the General Manager, Transportation Services, report back through the 2021 budget process, and in consultation with the Toronto Parking Authority, Toronto Police Services, the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, and other Divisions as necessary, on the financial and additional staff resources required to manage the implementation, operation, and enforcement of e-scooters in Toronto.

 

9. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to introduce the necessary bills to give effect to City Council's decision and City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make any necessary clarifications, refinements, minor modifications, technical amendments, or by-law amendments as may be identified by the City Solicitor in order to give effect to the recommendations in the report (June 24, 2020), titled "E-Scooters - A Vision Zero Road Safety Approach", in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services and the President, Toronto Parking Authority.

Origin

(June 24, 2020) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services

Summary

E-scooters, or electric kick-scooters, are a new vehicle type suited for short urban trips. Since 2017, they have emerged in many cities across North America and Europe as they provide convenient, low-cost solutions for short trips and can provide connections to other modes of travel such as transit.

 

On January 1, 2020, new Provincial regulations came into effect that allow Ontario municipalities to opt in to a five-year e-scooter pilot project subject to conditions. This requires revising municipal by-laws to identify where e-scooters would be allowed to be used. Key pilot rules for e-scooter riders include a minimum operation age of 16, maximum travel speed of 24 km/hr, mandatory riding in bike lanes where available, and helmets required if the rider is under 18 years old.

 

This report is informed by a Vision Zero approach to road safety, particularly for vulnerable road users, while also considering the potential benefits of e-scooters such as convenience and alternatives to automobile use for short trips. Based on extensive research and consultations, this report recommends an approach that reduces the likelihood of e-scooter risks to riders, impacts on people with accessibility needs, community nuisance, and liability to the City, as well as enhancing the public benefits.

 

City staff recommend that the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) be authorized to serve as the provider of shared micromobility services to allow for the implementation of more safeguards and better coordination with other municipal services, especially Bike Share. This approach would result in a competitive procurement process for shared e-scooters that complements Bike Share Toronto. The use and parking of e-scooters would continue to be prohibited in Toronto until such time that the TPA service has been contracted and City resources for enforcement are in place.

 

This report also recommends the need for improved industry standards at the provincial and federal levels for greater consumer protection in the purchase and/or use of e-scooters. While staff are aware that e-scooters are being considered as an open-air transportation option, the absence of improved standards and available insurance for e-scooter riders, coupled with lack of enforcement resources, would risk the safety of riders and the public on the City's streets and sidewalks, especially for people with disabilities.

 

Next steps are to commence development of an RFP by the TPA, with support by Transportation Services, and for City staff to report back in the first quarter of 2021 with an update on progress on opting into the pilot and proposed pilot by-law changes applicable to e-scooters (personal and shared) for an e-scooter pilot recommended for May 2021.

Background Information

(June 24, 2020) Report and Attachment 1 and 2 from the General Manager, Transportation Services on E-Scooters - A Vision Zero Road Safety Approach
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-148266.pdf
Attachment 3 - E-Scooter Focus Groups Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-148278.pdf
Attachment 4 -Views of Toronto residents on e-scooters (Summary Report)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-148279.pdf

Communications

(November 28, 2019) Letter from Paul Woroshow (IE.Main.IE14.10.1)
(October 15, 2019) Letter from Evan Woolley, Councillor, Ward 8, City of Calgary (IE.Main.IE14.10.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-107711.pdf
(July 3, 2020) E-mail from Jane Stratton (IE.New.IE14.10.3)
(July 6, 2020) Letter from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (IE.New.IE14.10.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-107988.pdf
(July 7, 2020) Letter from Al Smith, Briar de Lange, Grant Humes, Janice Solomon, Mark Garner and Tim Kocur (IE.New.Ie14.10.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108008.pdf
(July 7, 2020) Letter from Kat Clarke, Senior Manager, Government Relations (Ontario) (IE.New.IE14.10.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108009.pdf
(July 8, 2020) Submission from David Lepofsky, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, on behalf of 11 organizations (IE.New.IE.14.10.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108148.pdf
(July 8, 2020) Letter from John Rae (IE.New.IE14.10.8)
(July 8, 2020) E-mail from Kate Chung (IE.New.IE14.10.9)
(July 8, 2020) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents Associations (IE.New.IE14.10.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108188.pdf
(July 8, 2020) Letter from Kathrin Bohr, Executive Director, ABC Residents Association (IE.New.IE14.10.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108209.pdf
(July 8, 2020) Letter from Chris Schafer, Vice President, Government Affairs, Bird Canada (IE.New.IE14.10.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108248.pdf
(July 8, 2020) Letter from Michael Longfield, Interim Executive Director, Cycle Toronto, Toronto Centre Cyclists and Ward 14 Bikes (IE.New.IE14.10.13)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108288.pdf
(July 8, 2020) Letter from Leonard Baker, President and Chief Executive Officer, March of Dimes Canada (IE.New.IE14.10.14)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108328.pdf
(July 7, 2020) Letter from Anne MacDonald, AVP, Ancillary Services, University of Toronto and Andrew Arifuzzaman, Chief Administrative Officer, University of Toronto (Scarborough) (IE.New.IE14.10.15)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108329.pdf
(July 9, 2020) E-mail from Jonathan Hopkins, Director, Strategic Development, Canada and North West United States, Lime (IE.New.IE14.10.16)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/comm/communicationfile-108548.pdf

Speakers

Chris Schafer, Bird Canada
Peter Athanasopoulos, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
David Lepofsky, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance
Shoaib Ahmad, Scooter Mobility
John Rae
Aaron Binder
Jonathan Hopkins, Lime
Brodie Johnson, Financial District BIA
Mary Helen Spence, The Residents Association

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

Amend Recommendation 1 by deleting the recommendation and replacing it with the following:

 

1. City Council request that the General Manager, Transportation Services, report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on November 5, 2020 on the recommendations below, including, but not limited to, injury, fatality and collision investigations and data collection and tracking, further standards development for e- scooter device design, as well as consultations on proposed by-law changes with the accessibility community and other external (including the public) and internal stakeholders (e.g., Toronto Police Services, Toronto Parking Authority, and Toronto Public Health), including proposed by-law changes based on best practices developed in Canadian Municipalities required to opt in to the Provincial e-scooter pilot for May 2021, including, but not limited to, where e-scooters would be allowed to operate and be parked in the city right of way.


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

10a - E-scooter Oversight and Management - Accessibility Feedback

Origin
(February 3, 2020) Letter from the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee
Summary

At its meeting on February 3, 2020, the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee considered Item DI7.3, E-scooter Oversight and Management - Accessibility Feedback.

Background Information
(February 3, 2020) Letter from The Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee on E-scooter Oversight and Management - Accessibility Feedback
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-148404.pdf
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council