Get ready, Cochrane!

Bird e-scooters are set to return to Cochrane on May 20 for the summer season.

It's the fourth year of a town pilot project that offers a convenient and eco-friendly alternative to traditional car trips for running errands, socializing, or exploring the community.

At launch, they'll strategically be located in the Historic Downtown and Quarry. After that, you'll see them wherever they are left.

To enhance accessibility and affordability, Bird is introducing additional ride passes this year, including monthly and multi-day options. This initiative aims to make e-scooter travel accessible to a broader range of residents and visitors.

Town officials remind users that all e-scooter users are expected to adhere to provincial regulations and road rules, prioritizing safety measures akin to cyclists.

Riders must be 16 years of age or older, with helmets strongly recommended for safety, though not mandatory. When parking, riders are urged to do so considerately, ensuring no obstruction to sidewalks, driveways, bike lanes, or pathways.

The shared electric scooter pilot program is slated to run until the end of 2024. After that, whether or not the program will be continued will be determined by a public interest assessment.