Nov 21, 2019
DENVER – Denver Public Works has announced it will go out to bid for one or more companies to operate shared bike and scooter services in Denver. A contract will replace the current system by which scooter, e-bike and dockless bike companies operate in Denver, which is by permit. The announcement of the competitive bidding process approach comes on the heels of Denver Bike Sharing’s announcement that it will cease the operation of Denver B-cycle on January 30, 2020.
Issuing a Request for Proposals for the operation of shared bikes and scooters will help Denver better manage and coordinate the delivery of these commercial operations and help ensure the city partners with the most qualified operator(s) to further its mobility goals.
Scooter and e-bike companies currently permitted to operate in Denver will continue to operate through Denver’s Dockless Mobility Pilot Permit Program until the city’s contracted vendor(s) begin operating, which is anticipated in summer 2020. The RFP is being finalized and is expected to be released at the end of January 2020.
Denver Public Works thanks Denver Bike Sharing for the operation of the Denver B-cycle system over the past nine years and celebrates the hundreds of thousands of rides that introduced people to Denver’s first form of “micro-mobility.” Residents who received a free bike pass through the 5280 Free Rides program will be able to continue to use the pass through January 30, 2020.