Scooter and e-bike pilot program launched
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, on May 9, 2019, welcomed Bird, Spin and RideKC Bike & RideKC Scooter into a yearlong scooter and e-bike pilot program designed to gauge how these motorized units best fit into our transportation system.
The City created the scooter and e-bike pilot as an innovative way to provide additional modes of transportation for residents and visitors while also providing data and other information to City staff. The information will help determine what, if any, revisions to city code might be considered. Additionally, ridership information from the companies will help us prioritize where we need to build more infrastructure and understand the impacts of scooters and e-bikes on existing infrastructure.
For the pilot, the three companies will pay a $250 application fee and a $15,000 annual permit. Dockless scooter providers will pay $1 per day per device, and docked e-bike companies will pay $50 per year per device.
The pilot has other objectives, including:
- Streamlining the permitting and licensing process for these types of companies
- Evaluating operations in all seasons, as well as during special events and emergency situations
- Influencing the implementation of the new BikeKC Plan
- Establishing framework for rules and regulations for Shared Active Transportation companies in KCMO
“We are excited to be part of this project in moving Kansas City’s transportation options into the future,” said Eric Vaughan, Director of Bike Share & Business Services. “Kansas City is paving the path for the entire country by offering the first electric bike and scooter options that will be fully integrated with the regional transit system, RideKC Bike and RideKC Scooter.”
People should ride in the streets, or in bike lanes where available. Do not ride on sidewalks. Use of a helmet is encouraged. Riding a scooter (classified as a motorized vehicle) on a sidewalk is in violation of KCMO ordinance 70-253: No person shall drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a sidewalk, sidewalk area, park or public property, except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.
Don’t park scooters where they block access to sidewalks or building entrances. Please park them near existing bike racks when available.
- For issues with Bird scooters, contact Bird at 1-866-205-2442.
- For issues with Spin scooters, visit the Spin Help Center.
- Drop Mobility powers RideKC Bikes.
Learn more about the city’s Public Works programs to increase bike lanes across the city.
When riding scooters near KC Streetcar tracks, be sure to Respect the Rail, for your own safety:
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