With the spring/summer season of 2023 quickly approaching, Cochrane Administration is looking at ways to support the remainder of the Electric Scooter Pilot Project.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Roll Technologies which provided the e-transportation for Cochrane's pilot program had gone out of business.
One year into the two-year program, the Town of Cochrane is now working on finding a replacement company.
In 2021, Roll was awarded the pilot project and allowed a permit to operate its electric scooter and bike services in Cochrane.
In an interview with CochraneNow in September 2022, the CCO of Roll Technologies intimated the future looked bright for the company's return this spring. With 20,000 trips and over 55,000 kilometres logged last season, the pilot project looked to be popular with residents. It also aligned with "Cochrane's environmental and transportation goals of limiting carbon emissions, reducing traffic congestion, and minimizing transportation gaps."
While the future is not with Roll Technologies, the Town of Cochrane says, "Currently, Cochrane intends to find a solution that will continue to support the pilot project until the program end. Further details will be provided when more information becomes available."
The Town also states that the e-transportation project came "At no cost to Cochrane, a portion of the revenue generated from this partnership was provided back to Cochrane to support micro-mobility related projects, including building and maintaining protected bike lanes.'