Originally set to wrap up on July 31, 2019, Denver’s Dockless Mobility Pilot Program was extended into August, with an ongoing permit problem likely to start in early September. The program has been wildly popular, with a million miles logged in the first six months, but safety concerns have been raised, prompting the City Council to pass new rules for scooters, primarily to get them off the sidewalks.
As Denver accident lawyers, we are experienced in assisting clients who have been injured while cycling or walking. With more scooters set to share Denver bike lanes, sidewalks and roadways, the potential for collisions will only increase, highlighting the importance of safety, as well as rider education. While electric scooters are currently allowed on sidewalks in certain situations, Denver’s Department of Public Works is recommending a total ban of electric scooters on sidewalks.
Current Status of Dockless Scooter Program
- Scooters are allowed in bike lanes at speeds up to 30 mph.
- Scooters can only ride on the sidewalk if a bike lane or roadway under 30 mph is not available.
- Scooters riding on sidewalks must yield to pedestrians and keep their speed under 6 mph.
- When riding on roads, scooters have to keep to the right side of the road and follow all the traffic rules cars and bikes follow. They will also have to use lights during night hours.
- People riding e-scooters should yield to pedestrians in all situations.
- Users must observe and respect all designated “no ride/no parking” areas.
- All dockless vehicles must be parked in a manner that does not impede pedestrian clear paths or access in the right of way (sidewalk area or street) or block the boarding or departure of transit users.
- Denver Parks and Recreation is allowing scooters onto greenways like the Cherry Creek Trail
- The Colorado Rockies have banned scooter riding near Coors Field during games.
- Electric scooters are not allowed on the 16th Street Mall.
- The classification for dockless scooters has been changed from “toy vehicles” to “electric mobility scooters.”
Proposed Changes to Current Program
Based on observation of rider behavior, as well as feedback received through the Dockless Mobility Pilot Permit Program, Denver Public Works has recommended an ordinance change to prohibit electric scooters on sidewalks in all circumstances. The recommendation is set for consideration by the City Council later in August 2019. Stay tuned for further updates.