Denver's Scooter and Bike Share Program

Denver has received approval from Denver City Council to move ahead with licensing agreements for Lyft and Lime to operate scooter and bike share services in the city.  In exchange, Denver will receive multi-million-dollar investments from the two companies and offer residents a comprehensive citywide bike share program, that the city lost more than a year ago with the departure of B-cycle.

Investments from Lyft and Lime will include the installation of up to 675 parking stations over the next five years, with 100 stations to be added within the first six months, and 200 stations to be installed within the first year.  The stations will create dedicated places for people to park their scooters and bikes to prevent the crowding of sidewalk areas and may include corrals, charging stations and painted boxes  In addition, both Lyft and Lime will fund and partner with the city on a large-scale engagement plan to educate people on proper riding and parking of vehicles.

In addition, each company will also offer reduced rates for residents in need-based programs and offer free ride opportunities for Denver residents.  More information to come on these programs - and how people will qualify - as they get closer to rolling out.

Free Ride and Reduced-Rate Program

  • 10,560 free passes for Denver's residents (regardless of income level) similar to the 5,280 Free Rides Program Denver rolled out in 2019 in partnership with Denver B-cycle.
  • Significantly reduced pricing for need-based groups who qualify for local, state, or federal assistance programs.
  • Reduced rates for trips starting in opportunity areas (places in the city with low-vehicle ownership and high transit ridership).

Selecting two companies to participate in the new bike and scooter share program will allow Denver to maximize the most benefits for the city's residents.

More on the Licensing Agreements:

  • Each company will be licensed to deploy a maximum of 1,500 electric scooters.
  • Each company is also required to provide a shared bike service, supplying bikes at a rate of 20% of their scooter fleet, at minimum (example: 1,500 scooters = 300 bikes). 
  • At least 30% of vehicles will be made available daily in communities that have historically been underinvested to increase their access to new transportation. options, particularly focusing on areas with low-vehicle ownership and high transit ridership.
  • Vehicles must be equipped with “geofencing” technology that will automatically slow the vehicles down to 3mph when a rider enters a designated area where pedestrian volumes are known to be high – such as the 16th Street Mall, where scooters are specifically not permitted – to increase safety for people on foot.

In 2018, Denver launched a Dockless Mobility Pilot Program, which permitted electric scooters and dockless bikes to operate in the public right-of-way.  Through the pilot, DOTI observed that shared micromobility provided an effective opportunity to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips, enhance people’s connections to transit and provide other ways to get around. Over the course of the pilot, over six million trips were taken in Denver, averaging over 6,500 trips per day.

Dockless Mobility Guidelines For All Users

  • Bicycles and Electric Scooters, whether rented or personally owned, must follow the rules of the road and local laws when in use.
  • Electric scooters may only be ridden where bicycles are permitted to ride and are not permitted to be ridden on sidewalks unless actively parking or disembarking.
  • Users must observe and respect all designated “no ride/no parking areas”
  • All vehicles must be parked in a manner that does not impede pedestrian clear paths or access in the right of way (sidewalk area or street) or block the boarding or departure of transit users.

Other Information

If a scooter or bike is blocking public sidewalk access or is on private property, please contact 311 to report issues so that they can be resolved quickly.  You can also contact the operator directly about the removal or adjustment of vehicles.