In the fall of 2018, the City of Tacoma launched a pilot program for e-scooters and dockless bikes (either pedal or e-assist). Two companies, Bird (which deployed on October 12) and Lime (September 21), participated in the initial 60-day pilot, with each deploying 250 scooters, and the latter deploying an additional 100 bikes. Both permits were extended past the initial period. Bird initially pulled out of the market, while Lime remained as a scooter-only operator in the market. Its permit for 500 scooters has been extended through September 2019.
From the FAQ section on the page:
Are Helmets Required?
It’s a City of Tacoma law to wear helmets. The City’s helmet requirement applies to both electric-assist bicycles, and electric motorized foot scooters.
Where Can Bikes and Scooters Be Operated?
According to Title 11 (Traffic) of the Tacoma Municipal Code:
Electric motorized foot scooters may be operated on roadways, shoulders, sidewalks, and alleys. They may not be operated in bicycle lanes, pedestrian paths, park trails, or on school fields or playgrounds.
Electric assist bikes are allowed in bike lanes and other areas where conventional bicycles are allowed, including sidewalks.
Is This An Exclusive Permit?
This is not an exclusive permit and is available to other bike share companies on the same terms. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated August 2019