Scooter share

Learn about the City's shared motorized scooter program.
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How to rent a scooter

Renting a scooter

Get the app to start riding

  1. To rent a scooter, you need to download the scooter company’s app.
  2. Enter into a rental agreement with specific terms and conditions.

Rental agreements

The company rental agreements currently require the following:

  • A photo of your driver’s license
  • Credit/debit/prepaid card number
  • Your contact information

Find available scooters

You can find available scooters by using the company's app. Start the rental by tapping the “Ride” (or similar) button on the app and then use the app to scan the QR code located between the handlebars of the scooter.

End your ride

To end your ride, find an appropriate parking spot and tap the "End" (or similar) button on the app, and take a photo showing where you parked the scooter. 

Scooter rentals

The City contracts with Bird and Lyft to provide scooters.

Contact Bird

Contact Lyft

How to ride a scooter in Minneapolis

Scooter riding rules

woman on scooter with lightrail train behind her

Always do the following

  • Wear a helmet
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Ride in the bike lane or with traffic
  • Follow the same traffic laws as bicyclists
  • Ride as close as safely possible to the right-hand side of the road

Where you can ride

  • Bike paths
  • Paths and trails (unless signs ban it)

It's illegal to do the following

  • Ride on the sidewalk
  • Ride with more than one person on a scooter

Minnesota Statute 169.225 regulates scooter riding.

Parking a scooter in Minneapolis

Where to park a scooter

Scooter properly parked by sign

Acceptable places to park and lock scooters

  • Designated motorized foot scooter parking zone
  • Any public bike rack
  • Public bike parking
    • Public bike racks
    • Parking meter hitches
  • Most city street signs (except stop signs and bus stop signs)

 

Unacceptable ways to park and lock scooters

Do not park and lock scooters to any of these places:

  • Trees
  • Handrails
  • Streetlights
  • Bus stop signs
  • Stop signs
  • Anything that blocks the sidewalk or an intersection

City ordinance and rental company rules regulate scooter parking.

More places not to park

  • Pedestrian ramps
  • Building/property entrances
  • Driveways
  • Loading zones
  • Crosswalks
  • Parklets
  • Street/sidewalk cafes
  • Traffic signal or street light poles
  • Street furnishings (benches, trees or other right of way plantings, etc.)
  • Underground utility, sewer, or water facilities
  • Sidewalk clear zones

Safety and disabled access features

  • Disability parking and transfer zones
  • Curb ramps
  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Ramp landings
  • Handrails
  • Areas of refuge
  • Detectable warning surfaces

Transit stops and facilities

  • Stations
  • Shelters
  • Passenger waiting areas
  • Bus layover and staging zones

Parking near transit

Blue line LRT photo

Do

  • Keep light rail platform boarding areas clear of scooters
  • Park your scooter away from bus boarding areas
  • Park your scooter away from corners near neighborhood bus stops

Do not 

  • Block transit boarding areas when parking your scooter
  • Lock a scooter to a bus stop sign or any transit station elements

Avoid the clear zone

Sidewalk clear zones

  • A sidewalk clear zone is an accessible main pedestrian path that runs alongside the street
  • The clear zone means there must be at least 4' of clear sidewalk space for everyone
  • The clear zone ensures that pedestrians have a safe, obstruction-free path

Scooter clear zone

Do not ride or park scooters in the clear zone. This helps keep those walking and rolling safe

Drawing shows where not to ride scooters.

Scooter data

Yearly scooter data

2018 Pilot summary

From July to November of 2018, the City of Minneapolis created a scooter pilot with 400 shared scooters throughout Minneapolis. The City required providers to sign a license agreement which established standard data sharing and privacy requirements. People took over 200K trips during the pilot period.

2019 Pilot summary

From May to November of 2019, the City of Minneapolis ran a scooter pilot with up to 2,500 shared scooters throughout Minneapolis. Over 150,000 people took over 1 million trips during the pilot period. During the pilot, data was collected to analyze usage including number of trips, length of trips (distance and time), and start and end points of trips. This data set can be found on the City’s Open Data Portal.

To learn more about how the City handles and protects this data, see our mobility data methodology and analysis

2020 Program - year 1 summary

From July to November of 2020, the City of Minneapolis ran a scooter pilot with up to 2,500 shared scooters throughout Minneapolis. The COVID-19 pandemic had significant impacts on scooter share ridership in the City of Minneapolis. The program did not start until July, shortening the data collection period.

  • Using 2018 as a baseline, the City saw a 361% increase in ridership from 2018 to 2019, but then an 86% reduction in ridership from 2019 to 2020.
  • 2020 ridership was only 36% lower than 2018 ridership.
  • Besides public health concerns from users, the stay at home orders and the shift to working from home resulted in a significant loss in daily daytime commuter users.
  • 52% of scooter user survey respondents reported they were not commuting to work.
  • Whereas 40% of respondents reported that COVID-19 had no impact on their scooter usage, 30% indicated they used scooters less often.
  • Since Minneapolis usually sees a higher percentage of rides during the week than other cities due to more commute versus recreational trips Minneapolis saw higher losses than some cities (Science Direct).
  • As more trips became recreational, the length of the trips increased (2019- 1.1 miles/ride and 13.13 minutes/ride, 2020- 2.24 miles/ride and 19.98 minutes/ride).
  • The percentage of trips starting or ending in ACP50 areas also remained flat, despite the ridership loss, aided by equity distribution requirements and the placement of Mobility Hubs in those neighborhoods.

During the pilot, data was collected to analyze usage including number of trips, length of trips (distance and time), and start and end points of trips.

You can find this data set on the City’s Open Data Portal

2021 program year

In preparation for the 2021 season, the City created new compliance tracking tools to track the equity distribution requirements and 311 complaints.

2021 Scooter compliance dashboard

The City is currently collecting feedback on the future of shared mobility in the city.

Take the 2021 Bike and Scooter Share Survey

Scooter common questions

How do I notify someone that a scooter has been knocked over, is obstructing the sidewalk, or otherwise creating a nuisance or hazard?
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Can I move a scooter if I don't intend to use it?
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Scooter Issues

To report issues with scooters please contact 311

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