Item - 2024.IE13.1

Tracking Status

IE13.1 - A Micromobility Strategy for Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on May 22 and 23, 2024, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council continue to decline the option to participate in Ontario Regulation 389/19 – Pilot Project – Electric Kick-Scooters.

 

2. City Council opt in to participate in Ontario Regulation 215/17 Pilot Project - Low-Speed Vehicles generally as outlined in the report (April 18, 2024) from the General Manager, Transportation Services, titled "A Micromobility Strategy for Toronto".

 

3. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking, as follows:

 

a. by inserting a new definition of "Low-Speed Vehicle" in Section 950-101B in alphabetical order, to read as follows:

 

"LOW-SPEED VEHICLE - means a motor vehicle as defined in Ontario Regulation 215/17 Pilot Project - Low-Speed Vehicles, as amended, made under the Highway Traffic Act. In the event that a low-speed vehicle is otherwise defined in the Highway Traffic Act and its regulations, low-speed vehicle shall then have the meaning as defined in the Highway Traffic Act and its regulation."; and

 

b. by inserting a new section 950-200F, which states, "No person shall operate or permit the operation of a low-speed vehicle on a highway unless the vehicle meets, and is operating in accordance with, the requirements in Ontario Regulation 215/17."

 

4. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546, Licensing of Vehicles-For-Hire, to prohibit the use of low-speed vehicles as taxicabs, limousines, and private transportation company vehicles.

 

5. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to report back at the end of the provincial pilot project for low-speed vehicles in 2027, or sooner as requested, to the appropriate Committee with an evaluation of the operation of low-speed vehicles on city streets and any recommended policy and by-law changes, based on the evaluation and in consultation with relevant internal and external interested and affected parties.

 

6. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with relevant internal Divisions and Agencies, Boards and Commissions, and external interested and affected parties, to convene a multi-partner table, including but not limited to food delivery app companies, gig workers, the Toronto Association for Business Improvement Areas, and community groups representing persons with disabilities, pedestrians, seniors, and cyclists, and relevant Divisions and Agencies, Boards and Commissions, to collaborate on a public education campaign on the rules of the road, safe riding skills, and other initiatives to address concerns that arise, and to work collectively to address safety issues, by the end of the fourth quarter of 2024.

 

7. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, to conduct a micromobility cordon count this Fall 2024 and at least once every two years to monitor trends in usage of micromobility vehicles over time and to share the data and cordon count report once available through the City’s website.

 

8. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, to explore signage for parks and trails educating the public on which micromobility vehicles are allowed.


9. City Council request the Toronto Police Service Board to request the Chief of Police, in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services, to conduct an educational blitz in the summer of 2024 and an educational and enforcement blitz in the spring and the fall beginning in 2025 to enhance public awareness of key safety issues, i.e. illegal sidewalk riding, wrong way riding in cycle tracks, illegal e-moped use in cycle tracks, and illegal parking in bike lanes, and to improve compliance, and request the General Manager, Transportation Services, to report back to City Council in the fall of 2024 on the progress and status of this initiative.

 

10. City Council request the Toronto Police Service Board to request the Chief of Police to work with the General Manager, Transportation Services, to prepare a briefing note for dissemination to Toronto Police Service division superintendents, outlining what micromobility devices are allowed/not allowed in the City of Toronto, such briefing note to include where, when, and the status of any pilots.

 

11. City Council request the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to establish set fines under the Highway Traffic Act for use of micromobility vehicles which are not compliant with the definitions and / or recommendations under the Highway Traffic Act, and to communicate those set fines to police services across Ontario.

 

12. City Council request the Ontario Ministry of Finance and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario to consult the insurance industry and other relevant parties on developing mandatory first and third-party insurance requirements for micromobility vehicles and their operators and to establish a micromobility accident fund accessible to those who are injured in micromobility incidents where no insurance exists to respond to their claim.

 

13. City Council request the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to delete clauses 1(1) (b) to (d) of O. Reg. 590/06 under the City of Toronto Act to give the City authority to license courier businesses and transportation businesses, and their vehicles that are used for hire, and to require that they carry adequate insurance, in order to improve compliance with the rules of the road, to facilitate enforcement and to provide fair compensation to those injured by couriers; and to authorize the City to hold these courier and transportation businesses to account for any damages and breaches of the rules of the road committed by those carrying out deliveries on their behalf or at their direction.

 

14. City Council request Transport Canada to regulate micromobility vehicle safety and battery safety requirements, standards, testing and labelling, for point of sale and importation; and in creating those regulations, to consult with key interested and affected parties with expertise in micromobility vehicle design and safety, and universal accessibility.

 

15. 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 or General Manager, Transportation Services, in order to give effect to the adopted recommendations.

Background Information (Committee)

(April 18, 2024) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services on A Micromobility Strategy for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245135.pdf
Attachment 1 - Photos of Micromobility
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245136.pdf
Attachment 2 - Low-Speed Vehicle Regulations under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245137.pdf
Attachment 3 - Public Consultation Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245138.pdf
Staff Presentation on A Micromobility Strategy for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245337.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(April 25, 2024) E-mail from Adam Rodgers (IE.Supp)
(April 26, 2024) E-mail from Deborah Goldberg (IE.Supp)
(April 27, 2024) Letter from Robert Zaichkowski (IE.Supp)
(April 27, 2024) E-mail from Kate Chung (IE.Supp)
(April 28, 2024) E-mail from Kate Chung and Cassandra Ryan, Toronto Raging Grannies (IE.Supp)
(April 28, 2024) E-mail from Piotr Sepski (IE.Supp)
(April 28, 2024) E-mail from Rocky Serkowney (IE.Supp)
(April 29, 2024) E-mail from Amanda McFarlan (IE.Supp)
(April 29, 2024) Letter from Christine Dingemans, on behalf of Bay Cloverhill Community Association Sidewalk Safety Committee (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179183.pdf
(April 29, 2024) E-mail from George Bell (IE.Supp)
(April 29, 2024) Letter from Mary Helen Spence (IE.Supp)
(April 29, 2024) Letter from David Lepofsky, on behalf of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179146.pdf
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from G. Ross (IE.Supp)
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from Paul Normandeau (IE.Supp)
(April 30, 2024) Submission from Marcia Yale, National President, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179151.pdf
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from Susan Weiss (IE.Supp)
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (IE.Supp)
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from Irina Goldshtein (IE.Supp)
(April 30, 2024) Letter from Aaron Binder, Chief Experience Officer, Segway of Ontario (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179217.pdf
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from Tim Nolan (IE.Supp)
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from Sarah King (IE.Supp)
(May 1, 2024) E-mail from Ivy Cheng (IE.Supp)
(May 1, 2024) E-mail from Mary-Ellen Francoeur (IE.Supp)
(May 1, 2024) Letter from Daniella Levy-Pinto, Walk Toronto (Steering Committee) (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179213.pdf
(May 1, 2024) E-mail from Karen Mergler (IE.Supp)
(May 1, 2024) Letter from Austin Spademan, Head of Government Partnerships, on behalf of Bird Canada (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179232.pdf
(May 1, 2024) E-mail from Miguel Avila-Velarde (IE.Supp)
(May 1, 2024) Letter from Neisha Mitchell, Program Lead, Advocacy & Accessible Community Engagement (GTA), and Andrew Galster, Executive Director, CNIB (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179243.pdf
(May 2, 2024) Letter from Isaac Ransom, Head of Corporate Affairs, Neuron Mobility (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179245.pdf
(May 2, 2024) Submission from Rick Green, Chair, FoSTRA (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179247.pdf
(May 2, 2024) Submission from Andrew Maxwell, Bergeron Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179249.pdf
(May 2, 2024) E-mail from Anne Musgrave (IE.New)

Communications (City Council)

(May 14, 2024) Letter from Andrew Robertson, Manager, Planning and Advocacy, Toronto Financial District, Business Improvement Area on behalf of Al Smith, St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA; Briar de Lange, Bloor-Yorkville BIA; Grant Humes, Toronto Financial District BIA; Janice Solomon, Toronto Downtown West BIA; Pauline Larsen, Downtown Yonge BIA; and Tim Kocur, The Waterfront BIA (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179681.pdf
(May 17, 2024) E-mail from Walter Spicer (CC.Supp)
(May 17, 2024) Letter from Sonia Kandola, Director of Government Relations, Canada, Lime (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179715.pdf
(May 21, 2024) E-mail from David Lepofsky, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179735.pdf
(May 21, 2024) E-mail from Tim Nolan (CC.Supp)
(May 21, 2024) Letter from Suzanne Decary-van den Broek, VP Central Canada, CNIB (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179728.pdf
(February 4, 2024) Letter from Amanda MacKenzie, National Director, External Affairs, March of Dimes Canada (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179729.pdf
(May 21, 2024) E-mail from Margaret Lumchick (CC.New)
(May 19, 2024) Submission from Rick Green, Chair, Federation of South Toronto Residentsí Associations (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179763.pdf
(May 21, 2024) E-mail from Kate Chung, Co-founder, Accessible Housing Network (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179747.pdf
(May 22, 2024) E-mail from K A Stapleton (CC.New)
(May 22, 2024) E-mail from Rosemarie Cochrane (CC.New)
(May 22, 2024) E-mail from Henry Ruschin (CC.New)
(May 22, 2024) Letter from Lanrick Bennett Jr. (CC.New)
(May 22, 2024) E-mail from David Simor, Director, The Centre for Active Transportation (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179796.pdf
(May 22, 2024) E-mail from Suzanne Silk Klein and Laurel Rothman, Co-chairs, Social Justice Advocacy Committee of Congregation Darchei Noam (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179800.pdf
(May 2, 2024) E-mail from Fabien Barrillot (CC.New)
(May 2, 2024) E-mail from IE13.1 - George Wedge and Earla Phillips, Rideshare Drivers Association of Ontario (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179788.pdf
(May 22, 2024) Letter from IE13.1 - JJ Fueser, RideFair Toronto (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179789.pdf
(May 22, 2024) Letter from Michael Longfield, Executive Director, Cycle Toronto (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179809.pdf
(May 23, 2024) Letter from Daniella Levy-Pinto, Steering Committee, Walk Toronto (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179810.pdf
(May 23, 2024) Letter from Shelagh PIzey-Allen, TTCriders (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179816.pdf
(May 23, 2024) Submission from Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/cc/comm/communicationfile-179817.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Amber Morley (Carried)

That City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, to conduct a micromobility cordon count this Fall 2024 and at least once every two years to monitor trends in usage of micromobility vehicles over time and to share the data and cordon count report once available through the City’s website.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Lost)

That City Council delete Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommendations 2, 3, 4 and 5.

 

Recommendations to be deleted:

 

2. City Council opt in to participate in O. Reg. 215/17 Pilot Project - Low-Speed Vehicles generally as outlined in the report (April 18, 2024) from the General Manager, Transportation Services, titled "A Micromobility Strategy for Toronto".

 

3. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking, as follows:

 

a. By inserting a new definition of "Low-Speed Vehicle" in Section 950-101B in alphabetical order, to read as follows:

 

"LOW-SPEED VEHICLE - means a motor vehicle as defined in Ontario Regulation 215/17 Pilot Project - Low-Speed Vehicles, as amended, made under the Highway Traffic Act. In the event that a low-speed vehicle is otherwise defined in the Highway Traffic Act and its regulations, low-speed vehicle shall then have the meaning as defined in the Highway Traffic Act and its regulation."; and

 

b. By inserting a new section 950-200F, which states, "No person shall operate or permit the operation of a low-speed vehicle on a highway unless the vehicle meets, and is operating in accordance with, the requirements in Ontario Regulation 215/17."

 

4. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546, Licensing of Vehicles-For-Hire, to prohibit the use of low-speed vehicles as taxicabs, limousines, and private transportation company vehicles.

 

5. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to report back at the end of the provincial pilot project for low-speed vehicles in 2027, or sooner as requested, to the appropriate Committee with an evaluation of the operation of low-speed vehicles on city streets and any recommended policy and by-law changes, based on the evaluation and in consultation with relevant internal and external interested and affected parties.

 

Vote (Amend Item) May-23-2024 11:27 AM

Result: Lost Majority Required - IE13.1 - Holyday - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Brad Bradford, Stephen Holyday, Nick Mantas, Frances Nunziata (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 18 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Parthi Kandavel, Ausma Malik, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Dianne Saxe
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Shelley Carroll, Olivia Chow, Michael Thompson

3 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Ausma Malik (Carried)

That City Council amend Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommendation 7 by adding the words "and request the General Manager, Transportation Services, to report back to City Council in the fall of 2024 on the progress and status if this initiative" so that it reads as follows: 


7. City Council request the Toronto Police Service Board to request the Chief of Police, in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services, to conduct an educational blitz in the summer of 2024 and an educational and enforcement blitz in the spring and the fall beginning in 2025 to enhance public awareness of key safety issues, i.e. illegal sidewalk riding, wrong way riding in cycle tracks, illegal e-moped use in cycle tracks, and illegal parking in bike lanes, and to improve compliance, and request the General Manager, Transportation Services, to report back to City Council in the fall of 2024 on the progress and status of this initiative.


4 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Dianne Saxe (Carried)

That City Council amend Infrastructure and Environment Committee Recommendation 12 by:

 

a. deleting the word "couriers" and replacing with the words "courier businesses and transportation businesses,";

 

b. deleting the word "third-party"; and

 

c. adding the words "and to authorize the City to hold these courier and transportation businesses to account for any damages and breaches of the rules of the road committed by those carrying out deliveries on their behalf or at their direction";

 

so that it reads as follows:

 

12. City Council request the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to delete clauses 1(1) (b) to (d) of O. Reg. 590/06 under the City of Toronto Act to give the City authority to license courier courier businesses and transportation businesses, and their vehicles that are used for hire, and to require that they carry adequate third-party insurance, in order to improve compliance with the rules of the road, to facilitate enforcement and to provide fair compensation to those injured by couriers; and to authorize the city to hold these courier and transportation businesses to account for any damages and breaches of the rules of the road committed by those carrying out deliveries on their behalf or at their direction.


5 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Anthony Perruzza (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation to explore signage for parks and trails educating the public on which micromobility vehicles are allowed.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-23-2024 11:30 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE13.1 - Perruzza - motion 5
Total members that voted Yes: 13 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Vincent Crisanti, Stephen Holyday, Parthi Kandavel, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Dianne Saxe
Total members that voted No: 9 Members that voted No are Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Paula Fletcher, Ausma Malik, Josh Matlow, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Shelley Carroll, Olivia Chow, Michael Thompson

6 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the Toronto Police Service Board to request the Chief of Police, to work with the General Manager, Transportation Services, to prepare a briefing note for dissemination to Toronto Police Service Division superintendents, outlining what micromobility devices are allowed/not allowed in the City of Toronto, such briefing note to include where, when, and the status of any pilots.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Adoption of Infrastructure and Environment Committee Recommendation 1 only:

 

1. City Council continue to decline the option to participate in Ontario Regulation 389/19 – Pilot Project – Electric Kick-Scooters.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-23-2024 11:32 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE13.1 - Adoption of Infrastructure and Environment Committee Recommendation 1 only
Total members that voted Yes: 19 Members that voted Yes are Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Parthi Kandavel, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Chris Moise, Dianne Saxe
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Shelley Carroll, Olivia Chow, Michael Thompson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Adoption of Infrastructure and Environment Committee Recommendations 2, 3, 4, and 5 only:

 

2. City Council opt in to participate in Ontario Regulation 215/17 Pilot Project - Low-Speed Vehicles generally as outlined in the report (April 18, 2024) from the General Manager, Transportation Services, titled "A Micromobility Strategy for Toronto".

 

3. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking, as follows:

 

a. by inserting a new definition of "Low-Speed Vehicle" in Section 950-101B in alphabetical order, to read as follows:

 

"LOW-SPEED VEHICLE - means a motor vehicle as defined in Ontario Regulation 215/17 Pilot Project - Low-Speed Vehicles, as amended, made under the Highway Traffic Act. In the event that a low-speed vehicle is otherwise defined in the Highway Traffic Act and its regulations, low-speed vehicle shall then have the meaning as defined in the Highway Traffic Act and its regulation."; and

 

b. by inserting a new section 950-200F, which states, "No person shall operate or permit the operation of a low-speed vehicle on a highway unless the vehicle meets, and is operating in accordance with, the requirements in Ontario Regulation 215/17."

 

4. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546, Licensing of Vehicles-For-Hire, to prohibit the use of low-speed vehicles as taxicabs, limousines, and private transportation company vehicles.

 

5. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to report back at the end of the provincial pilot project for low-speed vehicles in 2027, or sooner as requested, to the appropriate Committee with an evaluation of the operation of low-speed vehicles on city streets and any recommended policy and by-law changes, based on the evaluation and in consultation with relevant internal and external interested and affected parties.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-23-2024 11:33 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE13.1 - Adoption of Infrastructure and Environment Committee Recommendations 2, 3, 4, and 5 only
Total members that voted Yes: 19 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Paula Fletcher, Parthi Kandavel, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Dianne Saxe
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Brad Bradford, Vincent Crisanti, Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Shelley Carroll, Olivia Chow, Michael Thompson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Adoption of Infrastructure and Environment Committee Recommendation 12, as amended, only:

 

12. City Council request the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to delete clauses 1(1) (b) to (d) of O. Reg. 590/06 under the City of Toronto Act to give the City authority to license courier courier businesses and transportation businesses, and their vehicles that are used for hire, and to require that they carry adequate third-party insurance, in order to improve compliance with the rules of the road, to facilitate enforcement and to provide fair compensation to those injured by couriers; and to authorize the city to hold these courier and transportation businesses to account for any damages and breaches of the rules of the road committed by those carrying out deliveries on their behalf or at their direction.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-23-2024 11:35 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE13.1 - Adoption of Infrastructure and Environment Committee Recommendation 12, as amended, only
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Parthi Kandavel, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Dianne Saxe
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Chris Moise
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Shelley Carroll, Olivia Chow, Michael Thompson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-23-2024 11:36 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE13.1 - Adopt the balance of Item, as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 22 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Parthi Kandavel, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Dianne Saxe
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Shelley Carroll, Olivia Chow, Michael Thompson

Point of Order by Councillor Chris Moise

Councillor Moise, rising on a Point of Order, requested that Council vote separately on recommendations 1 and 12.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Council would vote separately on recommendations 1 and 12.


Point of Order by Councillor Stephen Holyday

Councillor Holyday, rising on a Point of Order, requested that Council vote separately on recommendations 2 to 5, should his motion to delete recommendations 2 to 5 not carry.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Council would vote separately on recommendations 2 to 5, should motion 2 by Councillor Holyday not carry.

1a - Micromobility Strategy Development - Accessibility Feedback

Background Information (Committee)
(February 12, 2024) Letter from the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee on Micromobility Strategy Development - Accessibility Feedback
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245213.pdf
Presentation from the Senior Project Manager, Strategic Policy and Innovation, Transportation on Micromobility Strategy Development
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245212.pdf
Communications (Committee)
(February 20, 2024) E-mail from Piotr Sepski (IE.Supp)
(February 21, 2024) E-mail from George Bell (IE.Supp)
(February 22, 2024) Letter from Robert Zaichkowski (IE.Supp)
(February 26, 2024) E-mail from Adam Rodgers (IE.Supp)
(February 26, 2024) Letter from Alison Stewart, Director, Advocacy and Public Policy, Cycle Toronto (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179022.pdf
(February 26, 2024) E-mail from Shoaib Ahmed, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SCOOTY (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179018.pdf

IE13.1 - A Micromobility Strategy for Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommends that:  

 

1. City Council continue to decline the option to participate in O.Reg 389/19 – Pilot Project – Electric Kick-Scooters.

 

2. City Council opt in to participate in O. Reg. 215/17 Pilot Project - Low-Speed Vehicles generally as outlined in the report (April 18, 2024) from the General Manager, Transportation Services, titled "A Micromobility Strategy for Toronto".

 

3. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking, as follows:

 

a. By inserting a new definition of "Low-Speed Vehicle" in Section 950-101B in alphabetical order, to read as follows:

 

"LOW-SPEED VEHICLE - means a motor vehicle as defined in Ontario Regulation 215/17 Pilot Project - Low-Speed Vehicles, as amended, made under the Highway Traffic Act. In the event that a low-speed vehicle is otherwise defined in the Highway Traffic Act and its regulations, low-speed vehicle shall then have the meaning as defined in the Highway Traffic Act and its regulation."; and

 

b. By inserting a new section 950-200F, which states, "No person shall operate or permit the operation of a low-speed vehicle on a highway unless the vehicle meets, and is operating in accordance with, the requirements in Ontario Regulation 215/17."

 

4. City Council amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546, Licensing of Vehicles-For-Hire, to prohibit the use of low-speed vehicles as taxicabs, limousines, and private transportation company vehicles.

 

5. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to report back at the end of the provincial pilot project for low-speed vehicles in 2027, or sooner as requested, to the appropriate Committee with an evaluation of the operation of low-speed vehicles on city streets and any recommended policy and by-law changes, based on the evaluation and in consultation with relevant internal and external interested and affected parties.

 

6. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with relevant internal Divisions and Agencies, Boards and Commissions, and external interested and affected parties, to convene a multi-partner table, including but not limited to food delivery app companies, gig workers, the Toronto Association for Business Improvement Areas, and community groups representing persons with disabilities, pedestrians, seniors, and cyclists, and relevant Divisions and Agencies, Boards and Commissions, to collaborate on a public education campaign on the rules of the road, safe riding skills, and other initiatives to address concerns that arise, and to work collectively to address safety issues, by the end of the fourth quarter of 2024.


7. City Council request the Toronto Police Service Board to request the Chief of Police, in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services, to conduct an educational blitz in the summer of 2024 and an educational and enforcement blitz in the spring and the fall beginning in 2025 to enhance public awareness of key safety issues, i.e. illegal sidewalk riding, wrong way riding in cycle tracks, illegal e-moped use in cycle tracks, and illegal parking in bike lanes, and to improve compliance.

 

8. City Council request the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario to establish set fines under the Highway Traffic Act for use of micromobility vehicles which are not compliant with the definitions and / or recommendations under the Highway Traffic Act, and to communicate those set fines to police services across Ontario.

 

9. City Council request the Ontario Ministry of Finance and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario to consult the insurance industry and other relevant parties on developing mandatory first and third party insurance requirements for micromobility vehicles and their operators and to establish a micromobility accident fund accessible to those who are injured in micromobility incidents where no insurance exists to respond to their claim.

 

10. City Council request Transport Canada to regulate micromobility vehicle safety and battery safety requirements, standards, testing and labelling, for point of sale and importation; and in creating those regulations, to consult with key interested and affected parties with expertise in micromobility vehicle design and safety, and universal accessibility.

 

11. 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 or General Manager, Transportation Services, in order to give effect to the adopted recommendations.

 

12. City Council request the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to delete clauses 1(1) (b) to (d) of O. Reg. 590/06 under the City of Toronto Act to give the City authority to license couriers and their vehicles, and to require that they carry adequate third-party liability insurance, in order to improve compliance with the rules of the road, to facilitate enforcement and to provide fair compensation to those injured by couriers.

Decision Advice and Other Information

Janet Lo, Senior Project Manager, Strategic Policy and Innovation, Transportation Services, gave a presentation on A Micromobility Strategy for Toronto.

Origin

(April 18, 2024) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services

Summary

Micromobility is a term for small, low speed, light weight vehicles - including bicycles, cargo bikes / trikes, folding bikes, electric two / three / four-wheeled cycles, electric kick-scooters (e-scooters), e-mopeds, and electric mini-cars. Their use / ownership may be personal / private, shared / rental, or commercial / corporate (e.g. for deliveries). In July 2023, Council requested a strategy to address growing micromobility usage and its safe operation within the city. Council also requested that staff recommend whether to opt in to additional pilot projects under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. To inform this report, Transportation Services staff reviewed other jurisdictions and conducted extensive public engagement, and consulted internally with over 20 City Divisions, agencies, boards and commissions.

 

This report outlines key policy goals for the strategy and the criteria against which new micromobility opportunities are assessed: these are safety, mobility, the environment, equity and inclusion, health and public health, economic vitality, costs and liability. Staff previously recommended, and Council adopted, participation in two Ontario Highway Traffic Act pilot projects: 1) cargo power-assisted bicycles (2021) that are widely applicable for family use / commuters and for parcel deliveries by companies (such as Fed Ex and Purolator) and 2) large quadricycles (2022). In 2021, based on staff recommendation, Council declined opting in to the e-scooter pilot. This report assesses the opportunities for the low-speed vehicles pilot, and again for e-scooters. Applying the criteria, staff recommend opting in to pilot low-speed vehicles and continuing to decline to opt in to the e-scooter pilot. Any potential benefits of an e-scooter pilot appear to be outweighed by negative impacts on injuries to riders and non-riders, costs and liability to the City, and mode shift (mostly replacing walking and public transit).

 

The proposed strategy emphasizes the need for a holistic approach to ensuring micromobility safety, including the importance of safe infrastructure, its design and maintenance. Public engagement and collaboration with external and internal partners will also be key to address micromobility safety and food delivery industry issues, such as safe riding and battery fire prevention. Licensing micromobility is not recommended as the City does not have the powers under the City of Toronto Act, 2006 to license couriers, as well as several other reasons including jurisdiction, cost, ineffectiveness and impacts on environmental and equity goals. Key next steps are a concerted public education campaign on the rules for micromobility in Toronto; and involvement of federal and provincial governments in supporting micromobility.

Background Information

(April 18, 2024) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services on A Micromobility Strategy for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245135.pdf
Attachment 1 - Photos of Micromobility
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245136.pdf
Attachment 2 - Low-Speed Vehicle Regulations under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245137.pdf
Attachment 3 - Public Consultation Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245138.pdf
Staff Presentation on A Micromobility Strategy for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245337.pdf

Communications

(April 25, 2024) E-mail from Adam Rodgers (IE.Supp)
(April 26, 2024) E-mail from Deborah Goldberg (IE.Supp)
(April 27, 2024) Letter from Robert Zaichkowski (IE.Supp)
(April 27, 2024) E-mail from Kate Chung (IE.Supp)
(April 28, 2024) E-mail from Kate Chung and Cassandra Ryan, Toronto Raging Grannies (IE.Supp)
(April 28, 2024) E-mail from Piotr Sepski (IE.Supp)
(April 28, 2024) E-mail from Rocky Serkowney (IE.Supp)
(April 29, 2024) E-mail from Amanda McFarlan (IE.Supp)
(April 29, 2024) Letter from Christine Dingemans, on behalf of Bay Cloverhill Community Association Sidewalk Safety Committee (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179183.pdf
(April 29, 2024) E-mail from George Bell (IE.Supp)
(April 29, 2024) Letter from Mary Helen Spence (IE.Supp)
(April 29, 2024) Letter from David Lepofsky, on behalf of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179146.pdf
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from G. Ross (IE.Supp)
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from Paul Normandeau (IE.Supp)
(April 30, 2024) Submission from Marcia Yale, National President, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179151.pdf
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from Susan Weiss (IE.Supp)
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (IE.Supp)
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from Irina Goldshtein (IE.Supp)
(April 30, 2024) Letter from Aaron Binder, Chief Experience Officer, Segway of Ontario (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179217.pdf
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from Tim Nolan (IE.Supp)
(April 30, 2024) E-mail from Sarah King (IE.Supp)
(May 1, 2024) E-mail from Ivy Cheng (IE.Supp)
(May 1, 2024) E-mail from Mary-Ellen Francoeur (IE.Supp)
(May 1, 2024) Letter from Daniella Levy-Pinto, Walk Toronto (Steering Committee) (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179213.pdf
(May 1, 2024) E-mail from Karen Mergler (IE.Supp)
(May 1, 2024) Letter from Austin Spademan, Head of Government Partnerships, on behalf of Bird Canada (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179232.pdf
(May 1, 2024) E-mail from Miguel Avila-Velarde (IE.Supp)
(May 1, 2024) Letter from Neisha Mitchell, Program Lead, Advocacy & Accessible Community Engagement (GTA), and Andrew Galster, Executive Director, CNIB (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179243.pdf
(May 2, 2024) Letter from Isaac Ransom, Head of Corporate Affairs, Neuron Mobility (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179245.pdf
(May 2, 2024) Submission from Rick Green, Chair, FoSTRA (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179247.pdf
(May 2, 2024) Submission from Andrew Maxwell, Bergeron Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179249.pdf
(May 2, 2024) E-mail from Anne Musgrave (IE.New)

Speakers

Adam Roy Cohoon
David Leposky, AODA Alliance
George Bell
Andrew Maxwell, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University
Suzanne Decary-van den Broek, CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)
Wayne Antle
Hafeez Alavi
Miguel Avila Velarde
Ian White, CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter, Canadian Council of the Blind
Alison Stewart, Cycle Toronto
Hamish Wilson
Moaz Ahmad, SCOOTY
Stewart Lyons, BIRD Canada
Sonia Kandola, Lime Technologies

Motions

1a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Dianne Saxe (Carried)

That Infrastructure and Environment Committee:

 

1. Amend Recommendation 6 by adding the words "by the end of fourth quarter of 2024." after "safety issues" so the recommendation now reads as follows:

 

6. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with relevant internal Divisions and Agencies, Boards and Commissions, and external interested and affected parties, to convene a multi-partner table, including but not limited to food delivery app companies, gig workers, the Toronto Association for Business Improvement Areas, and community groups representing persons with disabilities, pedestrians, seniors, and cyclists, and relevant Divisions and Agencies, Boards and Commissions, to collaborate on a public education campaign on the rules of the road, safe riding skills, and other initiatives to address concerns that arise, and to work collectively to address safety issues, by the end of the fourth quarter of 2024.

 

2. Amend Recommendation 7 by adding the words "an educational and enforcement blitz" after "2024", and by adding the words "to improve compliance" after "lanes" so that the recommendation now reads as follows:

 

7. City Council request the Toronto Police Service Board to request the Chief of Police, in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services, to conduct an educational blitz in the summer of 2024 and an educational and enforcement blitz in the spring and the fall beginning in 2025 to enhance public awareness of key safety issues, i.e. illegal sidewalk riding, wrong way riding in cycle tracks, illegal e-moped use in cycle tracks, and illegal parking in bike lanes, and to improve compliance.


1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Dianne Saxe (Carried)

That Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommend that:

 

1. City Council request the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to delete clauses 1(1) (b) to (d) of O. Reg. 590/06 under the City of Toronto Act to give the City authority to license couriers and their vehicles, and to require that they carry adequate third-party liability insurance, in order to improve compliance with the rules of the road, to facilitate enforcement and to provide fair compensation to those injured by couriers.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-02-2024

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Jennifer McKelvie (Chair), Amber Morley, James Pasternak, Dianne Saxe
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Mike Colle, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

1a - Micromobility Strategy Development - Accessibility Feedback

Origin
(February 12, 2024) Letter from the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee
Summary

At its meeting on February 5, 2024, the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee considered Item DI5.1 and a recommendation to City Council.

Background Information
(February 12, 2024) Letter from the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee on Micromobility Strategy Development - Accessibility Feedback
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245213.pdf
Presentation from the Senior Project Manager, Strategic Policy and Innovation, Transportation on Micromobility Strategy Development
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-245212.pdf
Communications
(February 20, 2024) E-mail from Piotr Sepski (IE.Supp)
(February 21, 2024) E-mail from George Bell (IE.Supp)
(February 22, 2024) Letter from Robert Zaichkowski (IE.Supp)
(February 26, 2024) E-mail from Adam Rodgers (IE.Supp)
(February 26, 2024) Letter from Alison Stewart, Director, Advocacy and Public Policy, Cycle Toronto (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179022.pdf
(February 26, 2024) E-mail from Shoaib Ahmed, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SCOOTY (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ie/comm/communicationfile-179018.pdf
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council