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Notice From Denver Public Works:
Based on rider behavior observed and feedback received through Denver’s Dockless Mobility Pilot Permit Program, Denver Public Works made an ordinance change recommendation this morning to Denver City Council’s Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to prohibit electric scooters on sidewalks. The Committee referred the ordinance change recommendation to the full Council for consideration later this month.
If this change is approved, people on scooters would follow the same rules as people on bikes and electric bikes and ride in the street and in bike lanes. (Please note, electric scooters would remain prohibited from riding on the 16th StreetMall.) This proposed change more closely aligns with state law signed in May and provides more consistency in enforcement. Following the launch of the ongoing permit program for commercial scooter operators, Denver Police may issue citations to any user riding in violation of the new law.
Ongoing Permit Program & Final Report-Out of Data on Pilot
Denver Public Works is continuing to finalize details of the ongoing Dockless Mobility Permit Program along with a final report-out of data on the pilot, which will be released to the public/media in the coming weeks. In the meantime, pilot permits have been extended until the ongoing program is launched in September.
More About The Pilot Program and Reminder of Current Law
Currently, 2,840 electric scooters and 500 dockless bikes are permitted for use in the city through Denver’s Dockless Mobility Pilot Permit Program. Current ordinance allows electric scooters to operate in bike lanes and streets with speed limits of 30mph or less. If either of those aren’t an option, electric scooters can operate on the sidewalk, travelling at a speed of 6mph or less.
Denver Parks & Recreation continues to monitor the use of electric scooters on trails through the end of October per a 180-day temporary rule. Based on rider behavior and feedback received, the Department will decide if they want to modify its current Park Use Rules.
For more information, please visit denvergov.org/docklessmobility.
DPW Public Information Office