Denver's Scooter and Bike Share Program

Photo of cyclists riding in 17th with Denver's Union Station in the background

DOTI's Shared Micromobility Program

In May of 2021, Denver entered into license agreements with Lyft and Lime to operate Denver’s Shared Micromobility Program, a bike and scooter-share system, to provide residents, employees, and visitors with convenient options to get around Denver without a car. Both Lime and Lyft operate e-bikes and electric scooters that can be rented via their mobile apps. Please follow all rules of the road, ride safely, park respectfully, and have fun!

Equity Programs

Need-based free and reduced cost fare and membership programs

  • Lime's Opportunity Area Pricing
    • Lime shall provide a rate of up to $1.00 for a 30-minute bike/e-bike ride for any ride beginning in an Opportunity Area(PDF, 1MB).
    • Lime shall provide a discounted rate $1.00 to unlock and $0.15/minute for any scooter ride beginning in an Opportunity Area(PDF, 1MB).

Data Sharing Dashboard

Every day, tens of thousands of people travel around Denver using shared micromobility options such as e-scooters and bikes. DOTI is excited to debut a new portal in partnership with DRCOG and Ride Report to provide peer cities, academics, advocates, and everyday people more insights into how e-scooters and e-bikes are used around the city.

This unique Open Data Portal shows the level of e-bike and e-scooter use on an interactive map.  To protect the privacy of the traveling public, no information about individual rides is provided.  The number of rides for each street segment in the city are shown on a quarterly basis.

Click here to view the dashboard

Ride Report Open Data Portal screen capture shown on a monitor

Discounted Pass Programs

Denver's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure has partnered with Lyft and Lime to offer discounted passes for shared e-bikes and scooters. As part of this initiative, Denver residents have the chance to try out these convenient and eco-friendly modes of transportation at a reduced cost. With free Lime Prime and Lyft Pink passes, Denver residents can enjoy free unlocks for every ride, making it easier and more affordable to explore the city and reach your favorite destinations. There are a limited number of discounted passes available and it's first come, first served. Request a pass today by filling out the online form at:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ coming soon

How and Where To Park

The City of Denver has partnered with Lime and Lyft to create designated parking areas where riders can park bikes or scooters, including marked pavement boxes, signed parking corrals, racks and stations.

Photo of Lyft scooter parking box Lyft Parking Station

Lyft Parking Box located at Wynkoop and 17th Avenue  Lyft Parking Corral

Photo of Lime scooters parked inside a Lime sidewalk scooter station Lime Parking Corral

The Dos:            

  • Devices should be parked upright at all times.
  • Park in designated parking areas or near racks when possible.
  • Always maintain a minimum five-foot clear pedestrian path on sidewalks.
An example of correct parking as scooter is parked upright.

Park upright

An example of correct parking - park in designated areas

Park in designated areas

An example of correct parking - park leaving at least five feet of clear space so pedestrians can pass

Park leaving at least five feet of clear space so pedestrians can pass

An example of correct parking - park next to or locked to bike racks when possible is parked upright.

Park next to or locked to bike racks when possible

An example of correct parking - park next to properly parked vehicles when possible

Park next to properly parked vehicles when possible

The Don’ts:

  • Don't block sidewalks, curb ramps, wheelchair ramps or bus stops.
  • Don’t block fire hydrants, call boxes or other emergency facilities.
  • Don’t block driveways.
  • Don’t park inside transit facilities, on railroad tracks or crossings, or inside railroad rights-of-way.
  • Don’t park in loading or freight zones.
  • Don't park in parking garages.
  • Don't park in building or resident entryways.
An example of incorrect parking - don’t park blocking walkways

Don't park blocking walkways

An example of incorrect parking - don’t park blocking sidewalks

Don't park blocking sidewalks

An example of incorrect parking - don’t park blocking crosswalks or curb ramps

Don't park blocking crosswalks or curb ramps

An example of incorrect parking - don’t leave scooter on its side or too close to the curb

Don't leave on side or too close to the curb

Micromobility Rider Guidelines

  • Electric scooters and bikes should only be ridden where bicycles are allowed to ride and may not be ridden on sidewalks unless actively parking, starting, or ending a trip.
  • If lawfully riding on sidewalks to start or end a trip, users must still yield to pedestrians, announce themselves when approaching from behind, and operate at speeds not to exceed 6 miles per hour.
  • Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals
  • Ride with the flow of traffic
  • Never ride under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Bicycling or scootering under the influence is dangerous to you and others, and it still qualifies as driving under the influence (DUI) and may be prosecuted as such.
  • Users must observe and respect all designated “no ride/no parking areas”
  • Park shared micromobility vehicles like you would a personal bike or car, and avoid parking in the middle of sidewalks, curb ramps, transit stops/stations, trails, streets, or anywhere else that impedes pedestrian access. If a sidewalk is too narrow to park a bicycle or scooter without blocking it, riders may park in any street parking space other than metered spaces and ADA-permitted spaces.

Program Background

In 2018, Denver launched a Shared Micromobility Pilot Program, which permitted electric scooters and bikes to operate in the public right-of-way.  Through the pilot, DOTI observed that shared micromobility provided an effective opportunity to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips, enhance people’s connections to transit and provide other ways to get around. Over the course of the pilot, over four million trips were taken in Denver, averaging over four thousand trips per day.

In 2021, Denver City Council approved the City to move ahead with licensing agreements for Lyft and Lime to operate scooter and bike share services.  As part of those agreements, Lyft and Lime will work with the City to install a combined 400+ parking stations.  The stations will create dedicated places for people to park their scooters and bikes to prevent crowding on sidewalks. In addition, Lyft and Lime will fund and partner with the City on a large-scale engagement plan to educate people on how to ride and where to park. Both companies will also offer steeply discounted rates for residents in need-based programs and offer other discounted ride opportunities for Denver residents.

More on the Licensing Agreements:

  • Each company was initially licensed to deploy a maximum of 1,500 electric scooters.
  • Each company is required to provide a shared bike service, supplying bikes at a rate of 20% of their scooter fleet, at minimum (example: 1,500 scooters = 300 bikes).
  • At least 30% of vehicles will be made available daily in communities that have historically been underinvested to increase their access to new transportation options, particularly focusing on areas with low vehicle ownership and high transit ridership.
  • Vehicles must be equipped with “geofencing” technology that will automatically slow the vehicles to 10 miles per hour or slower on weekdays when a rider enters a designated area where pedestrian volumes are known to be high – such as the 16th Street Mall, where scooters' and bicycles' speeds are restricted on weekdays – to increase safety for people on foot.

Report an Incorrectly Parked Scooter or E-bike

NOTE: When reporting a parking issue, you must provide an address and specify the operator (Lime or Lyft), and the type of parking violation; otherwise, we cannot notify the operator to remedy the issue.

Bikes and scooters that are incorrectly parked should be reported so Lime and/or Lyft know to remedy the violation.  There is also an option to report bikes and scooters that are being ridden incorrectly.  The city provides an easy way to report them by calling 311 and through our Violation Form by following the process below:

1. Determine if the bike or scooter is parked incorrectly such as, blocking the sidewalk, curb ramps, utility access, and/or on private property, specific examples include:

  • Not standing upright using kickstand
  • Not permitting at least 5ft of pedestrian clearance
  • Not permitting at least 4ft of utilities clearance
  • Parked within 1.5ft (18in) from the curb or building
  • Parked blocking visibility/sight triangles at intersections or transit stops
  • Parked on private property
    • The Denver public right-of-way commonly includes the sidewalk and any space between it and the street. If unsure whether a bicycle or scooter is parked on private property, please refer to the Denver Real Property Map. Using the map's satellite imagery will likely make this easier to verify.
  • Not in good working order

         º Dilapidated
         º Broken/missing kickstand
         º Missing ID number or QR code

2. Take photos of the violation, ID number, and QR code to submit with violation

Photo of Lyft scooter with scooter number circled

Photo of Lime scooter with scooter number circled

Photo of Lyft bike with bike number circled

Photo of Lime bike with bike number circled

3. Identify the Operator

         º Lime – Green & Red
         º Lyft – Pink & Black or Pink & White

Photo of Lime gen 4.0 scooter

Photo of Lyft scooter
Photo of Lime e-bike model 4.0

Photo of Lyft e-bike

4. Determine if the vehicle is being ridden incorrectly and report a moving violation ticket:

         º Riding on sidewalk
         º Speeding
         º Riding in wrong direction
         º Disobeying traffic laws
         º Other    

5. Violation Type (Operator, User, or Moving)

Violation Form

  • Operator Violation – Bikes or scooters deployed by Lime or Lyft. Often deployed in groups of five or more. Damage to vehicles (such flat tires, graffiti, broken kickstands, or other vehicle damage) is also an operator violation.
  • User Violation – Bikes or scooters parked by riders after use. These are often parked in groups of one to three scooters or bicycles, rather than five or ten like when the operators deploy vehicles.
  • Moving Violation – Any unlawful operation of a Lime or Lyft scooter or bicycle. This includes behaviors such as sidewalk-riding, riding against the flow of traffic, or disobeying signage or signals.
  • NOTE:
    • Please do not use this form to report moving or parking violations committed by individuals riding personally owned devices; these reports are not reviewed by any department with the authority to issue tickets for unsafe riding.
    • E-bikes and e-scooters are subject to Colorado’s Safety Stop law. This allows riders to treat stop signals as drivers are expected to treat stop signs, and to treat stop signs as drivers are expected to treat yield signs. Please click here to view the Safety Stop law on the Colorado General Assembly’s website.