Year after year when the springtime rolls around, so do thousands of people on inner-city two-wheelers. Since their initial launch in 2018, e-scooters have become a Calgary staple, a fact that has been recognized by distributors like Bird, who actually moved their headquarters to YYC in 2021 in hopes of being closer to all the action.
For this reason, it should really come as no surprise that this year, someone in Cowtown took the longest single ride in Canada. The record-setting scoot came in at 58 kilometres, which is nearly the same driving distance from Calgary’s city centre to Strathmore (51 km).
According to CTV Calgary, who received a statement from the company, this was 20 times longer than the national average of 2.5 km, which was significantly higher than it was last year.
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“The significant increase in the number of trips taken and jump in the average distance travelled reinforces that Canadians are increasingly adopting scooters as a micro-mobility solution,” said Stewart Lyons, Bird Canada CEO said.
In addition to the longest ride, Bird also shared that Calgarians had taken the most trips of anyone else in Canada, totalling an insane 1,323,394 km which represented an increase of 187% over 2020 – though it is important to mention that Bird only operates in 5 other cities across the country; those being Edmonton, Okotoks, Ottawa, Red Deer and Windsor.
Still, it’s clear that the love of e-scooters is mutual, with both Bird and the City of Calgary, expressing their enthusiasm for the convenience, fun and accessibility of e-scooters, and we can’t wait for them to return.
Until we know for sure, though – we will keep you folks updated! We can’t wait!