Shared Micromobility: E-Scooters & Bicycles
The Arvada City Council approved a micromobility pilot program on August 16, 2021 which allows shared mobility devices (electric scooters, shared bicycle and e-bikes).
These devices are focused near Olde Town and the RTD G-Line stations to help:
- encourage alternate modes of transportation
- alleviate congestion
- improve connectivity
At this time the City is only looking at dockless bicycles and scooters, which means they can be taken from point to point, and do not have to be parked at a specific location. This makes the devices more useful and allows more freedom for the user to end their trip exactly where they need. Based on community feedback, the City is working on adding parking areas in high-traffic areas to ease congestion.
The City team reviewed the survey responses and shared an analysis of the results with the Arvada City Council.
- Watch the November 14 City Council meeting to learn more (the presentation begins at 35:33).
- Read the City team's report (PDF) of the survey results and the pilot program.
How to use Micromobility Devices
- On streets: devices are not allowed on narrow sidewalks for the safety of the rider and pedestrians. Riders should use these devices in the street and on designated bike lanes, similar to personal bicycles. The maximum speed is 20 MPH.
- On trails: devices are allowed on City trails and capped at a maximum speed of 15 MPH. Users are responsible to follow trail rules including audible signals when passing slower traffic.
- For safety, riders:
- Should wear a helmet for safety
- Must be over the age of 16
- Must follow all traffic rules, signals, and signs
- Must ride with the flow of traffic
- Must yield to pedestrians
- Must not ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Only one rider on each device at a time is allowed
- Park devices:
- Within designated parking zones and available bike racks
- Between the edge of the sidewalk and the road
- Allow at least 4 feet of pedestrian walking space around the device
- Devices should be upright when parked
- Devices are not allowed to be parked in the following areas:
- At the corners of sidewalks with curb ramps
- On curb ramps or blocking access to pedestrian push buttons at intersections
- Against trees or within landscaped planting beds
- On blocks without sidewalks, but with a paved shoulder
- Where they may block access to:
- Parklets or streeteries, loading zones, handicap parking zones, street furniture that requires pedestrian access (i.e. benches, parking pay stations, bus shelters, transit information signs, etc.), curb ramps, entryways, driveways, landscape planting beds or other landscape materials, fire hydrants and fire lanes, railroad tracks or crossings
- What is shared micromobility?
Micromobility is "any small, human or electric-powered transportation solution such as bikes, e-bikes, scooters, e-scooters or any other small, lightweight vehicle that is being used as a shared resource between multiple users" (Transportation of America).
As it relates to Arvada at this time, we are specifically looking at electric scooters, regular bicycles, and electric bicycles that do not exceed 20 MPH.
- How do I report a problem or improperly parked shared device?
Please contact the vendor directly to resolve the issue.
These devices are black and white in color. Please use one of three methods to contact Bird:
- Mobile app: click the "⚠️" symbol in the bottom left corner within the Bird mobile app. You'll find three separate options: report a "Badly Parked Bird'', "Damaged Bird", and "Contact Bird". This is the most efficient way to report these topics to Bird. You do not have to be a rider to use this feature (only have the app downloaded).
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 866-205-2442
These devices are green and white in color. Please use one of three methods to contact Lime:
- How long will this pilot program run?
Following the direction of the City Council and feedback at the November 14 Council workshop, the City team will move forward with an additional year of the shared micromobility pilot program in 2023. The program allows contractors to provide shared e-scooters, bikes and e-bikes throughout the city. The continuation of the pilot process will allow City teams to continue studying the functionality of the program. The City will utilize the Council and community feedback to update the program moving forward.
- Who are the vendors for shared devices in Arvada?
Bird and Lime shared devices are permitted in the City of Arvada. Each company can have up to 200 devices that can be rented by the public during the pilot program.
If interested, please email E-Mobility to inquire about the process.