Scooter and Dockless Bikesharing Pilot, Austin, Texas, 2018
5 minutes Date Enacted: Feb 1, 2018 Date Launched: May 7, 2018
The City of Austin passed the attached ordinance to add dockless bikesharing to the city’s schedule of fees ($30 per bike), thus permitting their operation in the right-of-way. The passage of the ordinance (Ordinance No. 20180201-058) was preceded by a Recommendation for Council Action and a memorandum from the Austin Transportation Department that envisions how the new, privately-owned bikeshare might exist beside the city-owned B-Cycle docked bikesharing network. Among the strategies are expanding the docked network, while using the dockless system to extend the service area of bicycle sharing. Also, as a circumscribed pilot, the permitting regime can be reexamined in one year.
UPDATE: the Austin City Manager adopted an emergency rule (Rule No: R161-18.09e) on May 4, 2018 that
governs dockless mobility technology. Specifically, this rule describes licensure requirements relating to: (1) definitions; (2) dockless mobility units; (3) service are and size of fleet; (4) safety; (5) parking; (6) operations, and customer service; (7) data reporting and sharing; (8) insurance, performance bonds and fees; and (9) general.”