eScooters are gaining popularity in North America and Europe, but will they be popular in bike popular places like Japan?
When I visited Japan in 2018/2019 one of the interesting aspects of the culture that I saw, was their use of the bicycle. People in Japan use bikes like people in Canada use cars, it’s less for recreational use and more for running essential errands (groceries and local travel). Recently, I’ve noticed a new initiative rolled out in Ottawa, the eScooter. Seeing these rentable e-scooters on every street and every corner of the city got me thinking and asking my partner, do you think the rentable e-scooter industry has done so in one of the most bicycle-friendly countries in the world, Japan? 2021 is the second year of an electric scooter pilot program in the city of Ottawa. It would be interesting to see how the pandemic impacted the rollout of the e-scooter initiative but that isn’t something I’ll be addressing today.