Denver's Scooter and Bike Share Program

Photo of cyclists riding in 17th with Denver's Union Station in the background

DOTI's Shared Micromobility Program

In May of 2021, Denver entered into license agreements with Lyft and Lime to operate Denver’s Shared Micromobility Program, a bike and scooter-share system, to provide residents, employees, and visitors with convenient options to get around Denver without a car. Both Lime and Lyft operate e-bikes and electric scooters that can be rented via their mobile apps. Please follow all rules of the road, ride safely, park respectfully, and have fun!


Equity Programs

Need-based free and reduced cost fare and membership programs

Lyft Community Pass - $3/month and $0.05/min with no unlock fee

http://www.lyft.com/bikes/denver-co/community

Lime Access - unlimited, free, 30-min bike and scooter rides

Pay near me and cash program at bottom of page:

https://v1.li.me/en/community-impact

Lime's Opportunity Area Pricing

Lime shall provide a rate of up to $1.00 for a 30-minute bike/e-bike ride for any ride beginning in an Opportunity Area(PDF, 1MB).

Lime shall provide a discounted rate $1.00 to unlock and $0.15/minute for any scooter ride beginning in an Opportunity Area(PDF, 1MB).


Data Sharing Dashboard

Every day, thousands of people travel around Denver using shared micromobility options such as e-scooters and bikes. DOTI is excited to debut a new portal in partnership with DRCOG and Ride Report to provide peer cities, academics, advocates, and everyday people more insights into how e-scooters and e-bikes are used around the city.


This unique Open Data Portal shows the level of e-bike and e-scooter use on an interactive map.  To protect the privacy of the traveling public, no information about individual rides is provided.  The number of rides for each street segment in the city are shown on a quarterly basis.

Click here to view the dashboard

Ride Report Open Data Portal screen capture shown on a monitor

Micromobility Rider Guidelines

  • Electric scooters and bikes should only be ridden where bicycles are allowed to ride and should not be ridden on sidewalks unless actively parking, starting, or ending a trip.
  • If riding on sidewalks to start or end a trip, users must yield to pedestrians, announce themselves when approaching from behind, and operate at speeds not to exceed 6 miles per hour.
  • Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals
  • Ride with the flow of traffic
  • Never ride under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Users must observe and respect all designated “no ride/no parking areas”
  • Park shared micromobility vehicles like you would a personal bike or car, and avoid parking in the middle of sidewalks, curb ramps, transit stops/stations, trails, streets, or anywhere else that impedes pedestrian access.

Report an Incorrectly Parked Scooter or E-bike

NOTE: When reporting a parking issue, you must provide an address and specify the operator (Lime or Lyft), and the type of parking violation; otherwise, we cannot notify the operator to remedy the issue.

Bikes and scooters that are incorrectly parked should be reported so Lime and/or Lyft know to remedy the violation.  There is also an option to report bikes and scooters that are being ridden incorrectly.  The city provides an easy way to report them by calling 311 and through PocketGov by following the process below:

1. Determine if the bike or scooter is parked incorrectly such as, blocking the sidewalk, curb ramps, utility access, and/or on private property, specific examples include:

  • Not standing upright using kickstand
  • Not permitting at least 5ft of pedestrian clearance
  • Not permitting at least 4ft of utilities clearance
  • Parked within 1.5ft (18in) from the curb or building
  • Parked blocking visibility/sight triangles at intersections or transit stops
  • Parked on private property
  • Not in good working order

         º Dilapidated
         º Broken/missing kickstand
         º Missing ID number or QR code

2. Take photos of the violation, ID number, and QR code to submit with violation

Photo of Lyft scooter with scooter number circled

Photo of Lime scooter with scooter number circled

Photo of Lyft bike with bike number circled

Photo of Lime bike with bike number circled

3. Identify the Operator

         º Lime – Green & Red
         º Lyft – Pink & Black

Photo of Lime scooter
Photo of Lyft scooter
Photo of Lime bikes

Photo of Lyft e-bike

4. Determine if the vehicle is being ridden incorrectly and report a moving violation ticket:

         º Riding on sidewalk
         º Speeding
         º Riding in wrong direction
         º Disobeying traffic laws
         º Other    

5. Report it to the City Via 311 or PocketGov

For additional questions or violations please contact the shared micromobility program a micromobility@denvergov.org.

How and Where To Park

The City of Denver has partnered with Lime and Lyft to create designated parking areas where riders can park bikes or scooters, including marked pavement boxes, signed parking corrals, racks and stations.

Photo of Lyft scooter parking box Lyft Parking Station

Lyft Parking Box located at Wynkoop and 17th Avenue  Lyft Parking Corral

Photo of Lime scooters parked inside a Lime sidewalk scooter station Lime Parking Corral

The Dos:            

  • Devices should be parked upright at all times.
  • Park in designated parking areas or near racks when possible.
  • Always maintain a minimum five-foot clear pedestrian path on sidewalks.
An example of correct parking as scooter is parked upright.

Park upright

An example of correct parking - park in designated areas

Park in designated areas

An example of correct parking - park leaving at least five feet of clear space so pedestrians can pass

Park leaving at least five feet of clear space so pedestrians can pass

An example of correct parking - park next to or locked to bike racks when possible is parked upright.

Park next to or locked to bike racks when possible

An example of correct parking - park next to properly parked vehicles when possible

Park next to properly parked vehicles when possible

The Don’ts:

  • Don't block sidewalks, curb ramps, wheelchair ramps or bus stops.
  • Don’t block fire hydrants, call boxes or other emergency facilities.
  • Don’t block driveways.
  • Don’t park inside transit facilities, on railroad tracks or crossings, or inside railroad rights-of-way.
  • Don’t park in loading or freight zones.
  • Don't park in parking garages.
  • Don't park in building or resident entryways.
An example of incorrect parking - don’t park blocking walkways

Don't park blocking walkways

An example of incorrect parking - don’t park blocking sidewalks

Don't park blocking sidewalks

An example of incorrect parking - don’t park blocking crosswalks or curb ramps

Don't park blocking crosswalks or curb ramps

An example of incorrect parking - don’t leave scooter on its side or too close to the curb

Don't leave on side or too close to the curb

Free Pass Programs

DOTI secured 5,280 free passes from both operators as part of the license agreement and is working with Lime and Lyft to distribute them via various channels. 

If you are interested in learning more and adding your name to a list to potentially receive one of these free passes, please sign up here:

Free Pass Inquiries - Shared Mobility Program

Program Background

In 2018, Denver launched a Shared Micromobility Pilot Program, which permitted electric scooters and 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 four million trips were taken in Denver, averaging over four thousand trips per day.

In 2021, Denver City Council approved the City to move ahead with licensing agreements for Lyft and Lime to operate scooter and bike share services.  As part of those agreements, Lyft and Lime will work with the City to install 375 to 675 parking stations.  The stations will create dedicated places for people to park their scooters and bikes to prevent crowding on sidewalks. In addition, Lyft and Lime will fund and partner with the City on a large-scale engagement plan to educate people on how to ride and where to park. Both companies will also offer reduced rates for residents in need-based programs and offer free ride opportunities for Denver residents.

More on the Licensing Agreements:

  • Each company will be licensed to initially deploy a maximum of 1,500 electric scooters.
  • Each company is 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ coming soon