Use of e-scooters in the municipality
Effective July 15, 2023, the operation of e-scooters (also known as electric kick scooters) is guided by By-law M-300, the Micromobility By-law. It is also guided by the Province of Nova Scotia’s Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) .
By-law M-300, the Micromobility By-law permits e-scooter use in municipality in the following locations:
- roadways having a speed limit of 50 kilometers per hour or less
- bicycle lanes on any roadway
- multi-use pathways within streets
The by-law also specifies that no person shall operate an electric kick-scooter:
- at a speed in excess of 25 kilometers per hour on a roadway or bicycle lane
- at a speed in excess of 15 kilometers per hour on a multi-use pathway
- on a sidewalk
E-scooters are not permitted on multi-use pathways in parks unless they are signed as permitted. See below for a list of trails where e-scooters are now permitted.
The MVA imposes specific safety obligations for e-scooter operators, including that users must wear helmets and be at least 14 years old. Read the legislation for more information.
Penalties for not complying with these rules could include fines or impoundment of the device.
The use of e-scooters may be permitted on private property at the discretion of the property owner.
In July 2023 Council directed staff to develop a two-year pilot project to license a limited number of businesses to operate short-term e-scooter and bicycle rental services. The staff report is located here.
E-scooters in parks
Under By-Law M-300, the Micromobility By-law, the operation of e-scooters is now being permitted on the following trails:
- Mainland Linear Trail
- Chain of Lakes Trail
- Halifax Common pathways
- Mcintosh Run Trail
- AT Trail around Lake Banook, from Star Park to Brookdale Crescent
- The Dartmouth Waterfront Active Transportation Trail (between Alderney and Woodside ferry terminals)
- Portland Lakes Trail from Baker Drive and Freshwater Trail to Waterside Terrace