The Arvada City Council approved a shared micromobility pilot program on August 16, 2021. This pilot program will allow shared mobility devices (electric scooters, shared bicycle and e-bikes). The program is anticipated to launch in September 2021.
The pilot program would allow rental bikes and scooters to be used in a one-mile radius area around the G Line which is identified as the pilot program zone.
The City is issuing permits for up to two vendors to participate in the program. Each company can have up to 200 devices (100 e-scooters/100 bikes) that can be rented by the public during the pilot program.
In 2019, the City's Transportation Committee, a citizens’ committee that studies, recommends and participates in a variety of efforts to foster a safe, efficient and sustainable multi-modal transportation system, reviewed and evaluated different options to help with transit connectivity and mobility around the new G Line stations in Arvada. After looking at several options include additional RTD service, flex ride, circulators, and micromobility, the Committee recommended that the City initiate a pilot project that would allow rental bikes and scooters in a one-mile radius area around the G Line. The Committee Chair, along with City staff presented this information to City Council on April 27, 2020. You can watch a recording of the presentation to City Council.
What is Shared Micromobility?
Transportation for America defines shared micromobility as "any small, human or electric-powered transportation solution such as bikes, e-bikes, scooters, e-scooters or any other small, lightweight vehicle that is being used as a shared resource between multiple users." You may have also heard this topic referred to as mobility as a service, micromobility, dockless mobility, bikeshare, scooter share, or another related name.
As it relates to Arvada at this time, we are specifically looking at electric scooters, regular bicycles, and electric bicycles. You may be familiar with these devices from other cities you have visited or lived in, and below are some images and a description for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NATCO) to make sure everyone has the same understanding of shared micromobility.
What is shared micromobility? Shared-use fleets of small, fully or partially human-powered vehicles such as bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters. These vehicles are generally rented through a mobile app or kiosk, are picked up and dropped off in the public right-of-way, and are meant for short point-to-point trips.
The City conducted a series of public meetings and provided a Speak Up Arvada project to survey residents on their views on shared micromobilty. Thank you to the residents who participated in the meetings and provided feedback to the City.
You can contact the City about the Shared Micromobility program at email@example.com.