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e-Scooter map McIntosh Run Spryfield

Use of e-scooters across HRM

As the weather starts to get warmer and the days get longer, more people will find themselves out enjoying the many trails and views of our province. One of the popular ways to get around now is by using an e-scooter.

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 the 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.

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: