Scooters

The City Council adopted a pilot permit program for businesses that want to operate a standup electric scooter-share program in the public right of way through August 1, 2019. The deadline to apply for a permit was December 14, 2018. 

The City reviewed applications and selected Bird and Lime to issue permits effective January 28, 2019.  Each company will be permitted to operate up to 200 scooters.

Permit Requirements

Businesses must obtain a $500 permit and pay a $50 fee per scooter. 

Permitted businesses are responsible for:

  • Scooters being properly parked
  • Educating customers about safe operating practices, parking rules, and applicable laws
  • Reporting usage and crash data to the City
  • Renting to only users 18 and older

How to Ride

Download the mobile application for Lime or Bird to ride a scooter near you. The apps will allow you to unlock the scooter and operate it. Ride safely. At the end of your ride park and relock your scooter through the app.

Rules for Riders

  • Scooters are not permitted to operate on sidewalks or greenways and should not be operated in parking decks or city parks.
  • Only ride your scooter on city streets with a speed limit of less than 35 miles an hour.
  • You may use bike lanes.
  • Helmets are strongly encouraged.
  • Children under 18 may not use a ride-share scooter.
  • When parking, pay close attention to your surroundings. If parking on the sidewalk, leave at least a 6 foot wide clear pathway for pedestrians. Be sure note to block curb ramps, bus stops, driveways, business entrances or any other street furniture that requires pedestrian access.
  • Obey all traffic laws (e.g. ride on the right side of the road, follow traffic signals and stop signs)