E-Scooter Pilot Program, Chicago, Illinois, 2019

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  • Date Launched: Jun 15, 2019
  • Pilot Project Timeframe: 4 months


The City of Chicago launched a four-month e-scooter pilot program, beginning on June 15, 2019. The program is administered by the City’s Departments of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and Transportation (CDOT). As of the writing of this entry, no vendor(s) has been chosen.

In addition to requirements typical to micromobility pilots re: fleet size, insurance, etc., the program includes additional service and equity requirements. The full requirements and terms are attached below, but highlights include:

  • Vendors must share data through the Mobility Data Specification (MDS) standard. See the linked entry below for more details on MDS.
  • Scooters service hours: 5 AM-10 PM, with scooters removed from the public right of way outside of operating hours, and within 2 hours of leaving pilot hours
  • Service is accessible to unbanked users and those without a smartphone
  • At least 25% of the fleet is to be located in two lower-income priority zones (see map)
  • Fleet size: 2,500 minimum-3,500 maximum
  • Vehicle requirements: No more than 15 mph top speed
  • Liability insurance: $5,000,000 per incident

The pilot area is also notable in that it is located outside of the Loop, Chicago’s Central Business District, and in areas have less Divvy bikeshare system and transit service.

Updated May 2019

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