Minneapolis, MN

Jul 24, 2018
Regulation Type: Local ordinance or statute (beyond permitting)
Vehicle Types: Powered standing scooter/kick scooter
Dockfulness: Dockless

Table of Contents

Operating Regulations & Restrictions


Maximum Speed

15 mph

Operating Area Types:
  • City

Distribution requirements in place as follows:
At least of 30% of scooter fleets (min 600) must be distributed throughout the Areas of Concentrated Poverty in Minneapolis (North, NE, South)
No more than 40% of scooter fleets (max 800) may be distributed to downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods (North Loop, DT East/West, Elliot Park, Loring Park)
The remaining 30% can be distributed according to companies approved application

Areas Where Operation is Prohibited:
  • Sidewalk

No riding on sidewalk; ride in bikelane or with traffic.


  • Landscaping / parkway / furniture zone
  • Public bicycle rack / corral
  • Sidewalk

Don't block pedestrian pathways; park upright; do not park on private property; park near curb when possible

Vehicles, Fleets, Fees, Fares

Vehicle Requirements

State Standard

MN statute: has handlebars, stood on or sat on by operator; 2 wheels; no more than 12 inches in diameter; max speed 15mph.


Maximum fleet permitted within jurisdiction: 2,000

Maximum fleet permitted per provider: 500

Initial maximum of 2,000 scooters in Minneapolis, with between 2-4 companies participating in the pilot. This number may be increased or decreased during the pilot, with the number of scooters operating in the city adjusted based on levels of demand and other considerations, such as safety incidents and frequency of customer and citizen complaints.


Type Amount Frequency
Per Vehicle USD$ 100 Annually
Operating Permit N/A

Required fee of $100 per scooter​

Government & Equity


Connection to Other Government Goals:
Our goals: Climate – Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Vehicle Miles Travelled. Safety – Safety & accessibility for all . Equity – Issues with geographic distribution & awareness of low income pricing. Prosperity – Additional access to education and jobs. Mobility – A meaningful mobility choice. Active Partnerships – Close collaboration with numerous internal and external stakeholders.

Safe Infrastructure Requirements:
The City of Minneapolis has launched a mobility hub pilot program to increase access to convenient, low or no carbon transportation options, including transit, shared scooters and Nice Ride bicycles.


Equity Requirements:

  • Vehicle distribution

Communications and Data


Provider communication responsibilities:
  • Education Plan/Program
  • Helmet use
  • Parking
  • Operation rules

Operators are responsible for on-going user education regarding proper operational and parking procedure, such as: Wearing a helmet. Not riding on the sidewalks. Ride in a bike lane or with traffic. Yield to Pedestrians.


Data Specification Requirements:

  • API (unspecified standard)

GPS Required? Yes

Data Requirements:
Required: Number of rides, total miles/minutes ridden, average miles/minutes per ride, breakdown by day/week/month/total pilot duration, available motorized foot scooters by day/week/month
Aggregated origin, destination, and route heat maps, Fleet size

Public data reporting:
Data will be reported on Minneapolis Open data portal.

Public data reporting URL: See data reporting website

External Links

The Micromobility Atlas is a collaboration between SUMC, the New Urban Mobility alliance, and the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.