Based on rider behavior observed and feedback received through Denver’s Dockless Mobility Pilot Permit Program, Denver Public Works has made an ordinance change recommendation to Denver City Council’s Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to prohibit electric scooters on sidewalks. The Committee referred the ordinance change recommendation to the full Council for consideration later this month.
If this change is approved, people on scooters would follow the same rules as people on bikes and electric bikes and ride in the street and in bike lanes. (Please note, electric scooters would remain prohibited from riding on the 16th Street Mall.) This proposed change more closely aligns with state law signed in May and provides more consistency in enforcement. Following the launch of the ongoing permit program for commercial scooter operators, Denver Police may issue citations to any user riding in violation of the new law.
The Dockless Mobility Pilot Program, originally set to wrap up on July 31, 2019, will be extended into August. Denver Public Works anticipates starting a new, ongoing permit program in early September. Details of the ongoing program are still being finalized along with a final report-out of data on the pilot.
The City and County of Denver is exploring new ways of providing flexible, affordable, and accessible multi-modal transportation options for all. To support this goal, (DPW) is initiating a Dockless Mobility Vehicle Pilot Permit Program through the existing Transit Amenity Program, which permits the placement of amenities at transit stops to encourage the use of public transportation.
This program will allow the City to test innovative strategies and technology while assessing whether those new options help achieve the City’s stated mobility goals including a reduction of single-occupant vehicle commute trips from 73% to 50% by 2030.
The pilot program launched Summer 2018. Applicants to the program may apply for one-year, revocable permits for operation of
DPW will continuously audit the program throughout its duration to ensure that all companies with deployed dockless vehicles are appropriately permitted to be operating in the public right of way.
If a scooter or bike is blocking public sidewalk access or is on private property, please contact the operator directly for the fastest removal or adjustment of vehicles. Contact information for each operator is below. The color behind the name corresponds to the primary color of the bike/scooter to help callers identify which operator to contact.
Continue to check back here for any updates to the pilot program as it progresses.