March 17, 2020 – Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) has released its Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for shared micromobility services in Denver. Through a competitive bidding process, a license will replace the current Dockless Mobility Pilot Permit Program. Compared to a permit, a license will help Denver deliver a shared bike/scooter operation with improved coordination and benefits for the city’s residents and visitors to further the goals of Denver’s Mobility Action Plan. The RFQ was released on March 17, 2020. The new program is anticipated to kick off late summer/early fall 2020 and more information will be provided to the public as it takes shape.
The City and County of Denver is open to innovative ways of providing flexible, affordable, and accessible multi-modal transportation options for all. In support of this goal, DOTI initiated 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 pilot allowed the City to test innovative strategies and technology while assessing whether shared dockless options could help the City achieve its 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 received one-year, revocable permits for operation of:
In late 2019, DOTI made the decision to extend the pilot and allow additional time to formally bid the award of a license for micromobility operations. DOTI monitored the pilot throughout its duration to ensure that all companies with deployed dockless vehicles were appropriately adhering to the terms of their permits, which allowed for operation in the public right of way.
DOTI will continue to monitor the pilot program and permit holders until the new license is granted and operational. Please take our survey to provide feedback on the pilot program to date.
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.Bikes
Continue to check back here for any updates to the pilot program as it progresses.
Based on rider behavior observed and feedback received through Denver’s Dockless Mobility Pilot Permit Program, DOTI made an ordinance change recommendation to Denver City Council to prohibit electric scooters on sidewalks.
With the change approved in late August, people on scooters now follow the same rules as people on bikes and electric bikes and should ride in the street and in bike lanes. (Please note, electric scooters remain prohibited from riding on the 16th Street Mall.) This change more closely aligns with state law signed in May and provides more consistency in enforcement.