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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

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Summer 2018 Pilot Overview

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is planning a four-month pilot for Shared Electric Scooters beginning summer 2018. Several private companies have expressed interest in operating Shared Electric Scooters in Portland.

The pilot will help 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, is an emerging technology and shared mobility service. The first systems in the U.S. launched in 2017.  Like bikeshare, the service provides scooters available to rent for one-way trips for a fee. 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 will be required to cap the maximum speed to 15 MPH. 

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