City Council approves shared motorized foot scooter pilot program

The City Council has approved a license agreement for shared motorized foot scooter operators as part of a pilot program through Nov. 30, 2018.

Under the pilot program, the number of scooters allowed in the city is capped at 200 during the first two months of the pilot and increases to 400 in October and November. The City can increase or decrease that number any time during the pilot.

State law regulates how motorized foot scooters can be operated.  A scooter may not be operated on a sidewalk, except to cross it. Scooters can be operated on a bicycle path, bicycle trail, bicycle lane, or bikeway unless it is signed otherwise. Scooters must be ridden as close as is practical to the right-hand side of the road, and must follow the same traffic laws as bicyclists. Also, scooter operators can’t carry passengers.

Shared motorized foot scooters can be parked on sidewalks in the city if they are not blocking pedestrian travel or access. Scooters should be parked upright using the kickstand when not in use.

The City will use data throughout the pilot program to evaluate the success of the pilot program, including scooters’ impact on the right of way, user riding and parking behavior, equitable distribution and access, and transportation mode choice. During and after the pilot program, City staff will do analysis and determine the best framework for relaunching the scooters in the spring of 2019. 

For more information about motorized foot scooters, minneapolismn.gov/scooters or call 311.
 

Published Aug 3, 2018

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