Ford micromobility company Spin has officially launched in Edmonton, Alberta, marking its first launch in Canada and fourth outside of the United States. A fleet of 450 scooters have been deployed through Edmonton’s Downtown, Strathcona, and Oliver neighborhoods. Spin’s fleet of shareable scooters gives Edmonton residents and visitors a safe, socially distant, and sustainable mode of transportation as Alberta recently returned to Step 1 of COVID-19 restrictions.
“Edmonton is our fourth international launch in the past year as we continue to see heavier adoption of micromobility services around the world,” said Derrick Ko, CEO and co-founder of Spin. “We want to ensure people have multiple transit options available to ensure a seamless return to pre-pandemic routines. While we are kicking off in Edmonton, Spin also has plans to expand into other Canadian cities before the end of 2021.”
With vaccine distribution still ongoing in Edmonton, Spin will be offering healthcare professionals five free 30-minute scooter rides per day as part of its Everyday Heroes program. Also available in the United States and the United Kingdom, this program is in place to support the medical community and frontline healthcare workers in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Riders will soon be able to visit our website to see if they qualify and sign up for the program.
In addition, Spin Access – a program for unemployed and low-income riders that provides 50 percent off of regular fares – will be available in Edmonton. Riders can visit Spin’s website in the coming weeks to register for the program.
In response to COVID-19, Spin has introduced extensive health and safety measures for its employees to follow during operations, including increasing the frequency of disinfecting its scooters. Every time a scooter enters the warehouse or is redeployed on the street, the main contact points are disinfected. Spin employees are also provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), including single-use face masks, safety glasses, and gloves, which are worn during their shift.
Although public health data suggests surface transmission of COVID-19 is unlikely, riders are encouraged to clean their hands with soap or hand sanitizer before and after each ride. Riders should also practice safe physical distancing and remain at least two meters away from other people while riding.
To celebrate Spin’s debut in Canada, free rides will be offered on all scooters in Edmonton from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. MDT on Saturday, April 17th. During this time, the $1.00 unlock fee and $0.35 per minute ride fee will also be waived.