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Tempe passes license to regulate scooter and dockless bike companies

Post Date:01/11/2019

TEMPE, Ariz. (Jan. 11, 2019) – Last night, the Tempe City Council unanimously passed a licensing agreement to regulate shared active transportation vehicle operations, including electric scooters and dockless bikes.

These vehicles add to Tempe’s multi-modal transportation system. Not only are they a last mile solution, helping riders easily access public transportation, but they reduce congestion on Tempe streets, especially during special events and road construction.

The licensing agreement addresses safety, parking and staging, operations, data sharing and fees.

  • Safety: companies are required to create an Education and Parking Plan that will include information on safe and proper user riding and parking.
  • Parking and staging: companies are limited to where they can place vehicles for riders to use and are required to remove vehicles within two hours after being notified by the city.
  • Operations: 20 percent of vehicles must be placed south of Broadway Road. A per vehicle per day fee is intended to control the amount of vehicles in Tempe, but the city’s licensing agreement will not prescribe a specific limit.
  • Data sharing: companies are required to share anonymous rider information to assist Tempe in planning future transportation projects.
  • Fees: companies are required to pay an annual application fee of $7,888, a right of way use fee of $1.06 per vehicle, per day and a $100 relocation fee. 

This license is effective starting today, however, companies have a 30-day grace period to obtain a license.

The City Council expressed gratitude for the public input that community members have provided on this topic.

Safe streets for all

Tempe is committed to ensuring Tempe streets are safe for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. A working group comprised of Councilmembers and city staff was created to address rider behavior. This group is examining the creation of new regulations related to rider behavior. The future rules would be a complement to the license passed last night.

During this process, the Tempe Police Department will continue to enforce local and state traffic laws, including wrong-way riding, impairment violations and stopping at stop signs and traffic lights.   

Tempe is also working on a Vision Zero Action Plan, with the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and reducing the severity of crashes.

How to report a scooter

Users of shared transportation vehicles should avoid blocking sidewalks, parking on residential properties and leaving vehicles in unsafe areas. If a scooter is blocking sidewalk access or poses a safety concern, please contact the companies directly:

For questions or concerns, please contact Tempe 311 by using the app, visiting tempe.gov/Tempe311 or calling 480-350-4311.

Enjoy a safe riding experience

Ensure your safety, whether you are on a bike, scooter or skateboard, by following the tips below:

  • Stop at stop signs and street lights;
  • Ride with the flow of traffic;
  • Use a bike lane when possible;
  • Wear a helmet; and
  • Obey all state and local traffic laws, including impairment violations.

For more information, please visit tempe.gov/bike

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Media Contact: TaiAnna Yee
Public Information Officer, Transportation
taianna_yee@tempe.gov
480-350-8551 

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