As soon as this year, electric scooters from companies like Bird will be an option in major Canadian cities.
The advantages are apparent: scooters could take more cars off the road while providing the last-mile connection needed in dense urban environments.
However, other cities are now grappling with the popularity of electric scooters such as their impact on public spaces including sidewalks and bike lanes.
Kevin experienced the year of the scooter in San Francisco, Portland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Boston while developing the Free2Move mobility platform. He will describe the lessons learned by American cities and what we can expect in the near future.
Kevin McLaughlin founded AutoShare, Toronto’s first car-sharing company, to reduce the enormous environmental damage caused by vehicle emissions.
He has also founded other companies in the shared-mobility and urban transformation space, including Modo.coop and Evergreen.ca. Currently, Kevin is VP Strategic Partnerships of Free2Move, the urban mobility brand of French car OEM Group PSA. He is also very active in the start-up space as an advisor, speaker and strategic board member.