Shared Electric Scooter Pilot, Portland, Oregon, 2018

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  • Date Enacted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Pilot Project Timeframe: Four Month Pilot Project


The Portland Bureau of Transportation launched a 120-day pilot program for “shared scooters” (i.e. shared electric kick scooters) in 2018 in response to the proliferation of these vehicles in the public right-of-way. The attached permit application includes FAQ with standard questions regarding maintenance, insurance, and operations.

The data sharing agreement (Appendix F of the attached Permit Application) is notable in that it not only includes availability and trip data, but also detailed information about any crashes or citations involving the vehicles.

The fee schedule also differs from comparable pilot agreements in that charges the operators per trip, not per vehicle.

Fee schedule

  • Permit application fee: $250.00
  • Pilot permit fee: $5000.00
  • Per-trip surcharge: $0.25

We will use the following tools to engage the public:

  • Trip data analysis
  • User surveys
  • Intercept surveys
  • Stakeholder focus group
  • Complaint form

The city was interested in evaluating if Shared Scooters contribute to the following goals:

  • Reducing private motor vehicle use and congestion
  • Preventing fatalities and injuries
  • Expanding access for underserved communities
  • Reducing air pollution, including climate pollution

Administrative Rule TRN-15.01 – Shared Electric Scooters.

The City evaluated the pilot in the linked report, below.

Updated May 2019

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