E-scooter rental companies pause operations in Kelowna

Scooter rentals paused

UPDATE: 8:30 p.m.

Bunny Ride Transportation has decided to temporarily cease operations of their e-scooters due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now Kelowna currently has no e-scooter companies available at this time.

Bunny Ride Transportation will launch again once the COVID-19 situation improves.

ORIGINAL: 12:30 p.m.

ZIP, one of a handful of companies licensed to rent e-scooters in Kelowna, is pausing operations due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Company founder Luke Mydlarz made that statement in an email to Castanet News Friday morning.

"ZIP scooters is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. With that being said we will be temporarily pausing operations," Mydlarz said in a brief statement.

"We understand this may impact transportation options but for now we're pausing ZIP service to help encourage people to stay put and stay safe. We appreciate your understanding during this time.

"When we do return our service, we will follow a sanitizing procedure unlined by the city."

ZIP is one of four companies licensed by the city to provide e-scooter rentals. A fifth company, Loop, will provide rentals of electric mopeds.

There were some concerns raised within the community after e-scooters began showing up on city streets.

The city said at the time only two companies, Bunny and ZIP would be making the scooters available.

Now, only Bunny is operating with about 10 to 15 e-scooters available.

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