Electric scooters – City agreement and rules
The City of Kansas City, Missouri has signed an interim operating agreement with Bird Rides, Inc, a company that rents electric scooters. This is one of several new businesses known as “Dockless Shared Active Transportation Companies.” The City welcomes innovation and transportation options, and the same interim operating agreement is available for other similar companies if they are interested in doing business in Kansas City.
The interim operating agreement allows the company to do business in Kansas City while city staff develops a pilot program. This gives the city time to evaluate impacts on city infrastructure, while examining usage data to help determine long-term policy.
People should follow existing bicycle rules while riding these scooters. Ride in the streets, or in bike lanes where available. Do not ride on sidewalks. Use of a helmet is encouraged.
Don’t park scooters where they block access to sidewalks or building entrances. Please park them near existing bike racks when available.
The agreement includes an innovative revenue-sharing partnership that allows the city to set up a dedicated fund for active transportation improvements such as bike lanes.
Learn more about the city’s Public Works programs to increase bike lanes across the city.