January 17, 2020

Ministry accepting community proposals to test emerging technology

Source Name
Government of British Columbia

People in B.C. are one step closer to hopping on e-scooters to get around town.

Communities interested in being on the front lines of testing new and emerging transportation technologies (such as e-scooters and electric skateboards) are invited to submit proposals to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Effective Jan. 13, 2020, the ministry has released its Pilot Project Proposal Package for communities interested in establishing pilot projects as a result of recent changes to the Motor Vehicle Act. The package is available online, and includes detailed information on the process.

“We recognize technology and transportation are changing, and people want new ways to commute,” said Rick Glumac, Parliamentary Secretary for Technology, on behalf of Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “I look forward to seeing how these pilot projects will help British Columbians access modern ways of getting around their communities.”

Changes to the Motor Vehicle Act, which were approved in fall 2019, give government the chance to work with communities in researching and testing how new mobility technologies should be used to promote the safety of all road users and address changing public mobility needs.

This invitation launches the first phase of pilot projects aimed at modernizing the framework of rules that govern B.C.’s roadways. It also aligns with the Province’s Active Transportation Strategy — Move. Commute. Connect. — and supports the CleanBC plan to build a stronger, brighter future and make active transportation easier and safer. This will create a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable B.C.

Proposals for pilot projects will be accepted until 4 p.m. on March 6, 2020, at which time the ministry will review and consider applications. The ministry anticipates that approved pilot projects may be implemented as early as summer 2020.

Learn More:

View the Pilot Project Proposal Package for communities interested in establishing emerging transportation technology pilot projects: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-environment/active-transportation/motor-vehicle-act-pilot-projects

Learn more about Move. Commute. Connect., B.C.’s strategy for cleaner, more active transportation: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/active/