Scooter Sharing in Chicago

Scooter Sharing Business License

In October 2021, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance creating a new scooter sharing business license. Each license lasts two years, and no more than three licenses will be issued at any time. Businesses interested in obtaining a license must submit an application, which will be scored based on pre-determined criteria. Licenses will be awarded to the highest-scoring applicants.

For complete license Rules & Regulations, which include the license application process and requirements, click HERE. A summary of the questions received from potential license applicants and the City’s responses can be found HERE

The City has established a number of goals for the permanent scooter program. To see scooter sharing goals, click HERE.

Deadlines for the scooter sharing license application are:

  • 1/28/22: Business Information Sheet (BIS) due. ·
  • 2/14/22: License Application due.
    • The License Application will be generated by the City after BIS is submitted and complete.
  • 2/18/22: Application Narrative due
    • The Applicant Narrative includes responses to 17.4-17.9. This Application Narrative should be emailed as a single PDF, per rule 17.2.4.

 

Obligations of Scooter Sharing License Holders in Chicago

To see key obligations and requirements of scooter sharing license holders, click HERE.

For a complete list of obligations and rules, please see the License Rules & Regulations.

 

Rider Tips for How to Safely and Properly Use Shared Scooters

Chicago E-Scooter Do's & Don'ts (English) (Spanish)

Scooter Safety Videos (English) (Spanish)

 

Rules for Riders Operating a Shared Scooter in Chicago

Riding a Scooter:

• Scooters may be rented between 5:00am-midnight.

• Scooter riders must be at least 18 years of age or at least 16 with parent or guardian consent.

• No more than one person may ride on a scooter at any time.

• A rider’s first trip will be limited to a maximum speed of 10 mph.

• No shared scooter will exceed a maximum speed of 15 mph.

• Scooter riders must obey all rules of the street, including traffic lights, stop signs and one-way streets.

• Scooter riders must yield for pedestrians.

• Scooters cannot be operated on sidewalks.

• Scooters cannot be operated on the Lakefront Trail, The 606 (Bloomingdale Trail), or the Chicago Riverwalk.

Parking a Scooter:

• Scooters must be parked in the public right-of-way unless a company has established a specific parking arrangement on private property.

• Scooters must be parked upright, with both wheels on the ground.

• Scooters must be parked so that at a clear path of travel at least 5-feet wide remains on the sidewalk for pedestrians.

• Scooters cannot be parked along building facades and cannot block fire hydrants, bus stops, loading zones or building access points.

• To end a trip, scooters must be locked to a fixed physical object, such as a bike rack, retired meter, street sign or light pole (locks are included attached to scooters).

• Scooters cannot be locked to private fences, bus shelters, bus stop signs, or disabled parking signs.

  

Overviews of Past Scooter Sharing Pilots

In 2019 and 2020, the City of Chicago conducted a pair of four-month scooter sharing pilots to evaluate the viability of scooter sharing in Chicago, to test technology and rules and to develop a better understanding of how a more permanent program might take shape.

 

To read the 2020 pilot evaluation, click HERE

To read the 2019 pilot evaluation, click HERE

 

More information about the pilots can be found at the links below:

2020 Mid-Pilot Summary Report

2020 E-scooter Share Pilot FAQ

2020 E-scooter Share Pilot Priorities and Objectives

2020 E-scooter Share Pilot Vendor Select Process

2020 Vendor Applications: Bird, Lime, Spin, Wheels

2020 E-scooter Share Pilot Terms and Conditions 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment

2020 E-Scooter Pilot Enforcement Procedures

 

Scooter Sharing Pilot Datasets

As a condition for participating in the E-Scooter Pilots, vendors were required to make trip data available to the City. This data was used in the 2019 & 2020 E-Scooter Pilot Evaluations. These datasets have now been posted to the City's Open Data Portal.

Click here for the 2019 E-Scooter Pilot dataset

Click here for the 2020 E-Scooter Pilot trips dataset

Click here for the 2020 E-Scooter Pilot trips census tract summary dataset

 

Supporting Information Facts