Shared Mobility Devices

(eScooters, dockless bikes, and other new technology on City streets)

What's next?

The City Council is waiting for the Administration’s formal proposal. Once it’s received, the Council will schedule discussion before any potential action.

For now, send questions, concerns and feedback to dockless@slcgov.com. The City Council also welcomes feedback via council.comments@slcgov.com.

Background

Utah State law keeps cities from passing rules that are “unduly restrictive” on the scooter companies or users of the scooter rentals. State law also requires cities to regulate rental scooters like bicycles. For example, bicycles and scooters are not allowed on sidewalks downtown, but people can ride on sidewalks in other areas.


The agreements between the City and the electric scooter companies require that they follow existing laws. The agreements are temporary because a new ordinance proposal would replace them. Learn more about the Administration's work on Shared Mobility devices here.


Revenue

The City collects business license fees from the companies, but State law limits revenue to the City’s cost to process. The City also collects fees for use of the public right-of-way.


Some companies give cities donations for new safety infrastructure like protected bike lanes. In some cases, these can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, which helps cities create new transportation amenities. In Salt Lake City, operators have helped fund protected bike lanes, so riders have safe alternatives to sidewalks. One company recently partnered with the city to make experimental safety improvements to an intersection at 300 East and 700 South.


What are the rules for these devices?

Per City Code and agreements with the current operators:


  • Scooter rental companies require riders to have driver licenses and helmets.
  • The scooters shouldn’t be parked or stored on private property (without an agreement with a property owner).

Public enforcement on compliance issues with City Code takes place at the direction of the City Administration.


Scooter companies have said they’re working on identifying repeated rulebreakers and preventing them from renting scooters. These programs would utilize GPS monitoring, and continue to be refined. These monitoring programs are at the companies’ discretion.