Neuron Mobility will be at Vernon’s 2900 Plaza Saturday for a scooter safety session – Vernon News

The bright-orange e-scooters can be seen zipping all over Vernon.

Since being introduced to the city last year, the scooters, and e-bikes have become a popular mode of transportation.

On Saturday, Neuron Mobility will be hosting a ScootSafe event as part of its ongoing summer safety education campaign to promote safe riding.

The company’s safety ambassadors will be at the Downtown Vernon Association’s 2900 Plaza Day from 10 am to 4 pm where they will be engaging with the public to provide information on the local riding rules and safe-riding best practices.

ScootSafe attendees will receive Neuron ride credits for doing a safety briefing and there will also be helmet giveaways, while supplies last.?

“We are excited to be on hand in Vernon this weekend as part of our ongoing rider education efforts. We invite members of the public to come out and learn more about e-scooter and e-bike safety in the city and to give riding a try,” said Chris Carroll, city operations manager, Neuron Mobility. “Vernon has truly embraced the advantages of emission-free alternatives to cars with strong rider uptake of e-scooters and e-bikes in the city. We strongly believe ongoing rider safety education is key to the program’s continued success.”

Neuron launched its new ScootSafe Academy last month – an industry-first interactive online rider education platform with city-specific training content and targeted training modules for those that have broken the rules.

ScootSafe Academy is available through a microsite or the Neuron App and features educational videos, quizzes and games to help improve rider behaviour, and in turn, improve e-scooter and e-bike safety. Riders can earn credits for watching the videos and participating in quizzes and games.

“Micromobility options like e-scooters and e-bikes are becoming a central fixture in a growing number of municipalities including Vernon, Calgary and Ottawa. As more options become available in communities, education and safety policies are critical to their implementation and integration,” said Robyn D. Robertson, Traffic Injury Research Foundation president and CEO.

“To ensure riders and other road users stay safe, helmet use is essential as well as education about respectfully sharing the road, and reliance on effective technologies by providers. It’s important to note riders are ultimately responsible for following the rules and as with all forms of transportation, we strongly encourage all users to learn and adopt all local riding rules and safety best practices.”

Since the program’s launch in late July 2021, Neuron riders have traveled more than 360,000 kilometres. Already in 2022, there have been nearly 200,000 kilometers ridden.

Vernon is also now one of three cities in Canada – and first in BC – to have Neuron’s e-bikes available for rent.