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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Shared Electric Scooter Pilot

New E-Scooter Report

Our 2018 E-Scooter Findings Report is here! Click to find out more.

Summer 2018 Pilot Overview

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) conducted a four-month pilot for Shared Electric Scooters from July 23 - November 20, 2018. The pilot helped PBOT staff determine whether Shared Electric Scooters contribute to the City’s mobility, equity, safety, and climate action goals. 

What is a Shared Electric Scooter?

Shared Electric Scooters, also known as e-scooters, are an emerging technology and shared mobility service. The first systems in the U.S. launched in 2017.  Similar to bikeshare, the service provides personal transportation to rent for one-way trips. To begin a rental, companies typically require customers to download an app or text a number to unlock the device. To end a trip, customers park the scooter in the service area in the furnishings zone. The scooters typically do not lock to anything.

Electric scooters are powered exclusively by an electric motor, and in Portland, companies were required to cap the maximum speed to 15 MPH. 

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News Release: PBOT releases results of E-Scooter User Survey

Survey of nearly 75,000 scooter users is first major part on PBOT’s ongoing evaluation of Portland’s 120 day e-scooter pilot