Mayor Scott and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation
Award 2022-2023 Dockless Vehicle Permits
BALTIMORE, MD (June 14, 2022) - Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) Director Steve Sharkey announced that the city has awarded its newest round of Dockless Vehicle Permits. This is the 3rd round of permits since the e-scooter and e-bike permit program launched in 2019. The new dockless permits have been awarded to three companies including Bird, Spin and LINK by Superpedestrian.
“The city’s Dockless Vehicle Program affirms my commitment to providing equitable and accessible transportation options for the residents of Baltimore,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “The selection of three dockless vehicle providers will maximize benefits for our residents and empower Baltimoreans to use multimodal transportation options citywide as we continue to integrate creative solutions for improved mobility.”
The city’s dockless program was launched in the summer of 2018 as a pilot initiative and has since become an integral part of Baltimore’s transportation infrastructure. With a dockless vehicle sharing program, electric scooters and bicycles can be conveniently rented for use throughout the city as a fun and sustainable way to travel. Dockless scooters and bikes are equipped with GPS technology so they can be easily located, rented, and parked through a smart-phone app or text-to-unlock plan. BCDOT has also implemented a parking corral program by designating parking spots for dockless vehicles across the city where riders who use them can receive discounts for courteous parking.
In Baltimore City, an average of 120,000 trips are taken with dockless vehicles each month. More than 5 million trips have been taken with dockless vehicles since late 2018, with many replacing rides which would have been taken in motor vehicles.
The new dockless permits were issued after annual revisions to the Rules and Regulations were completed and a 30-day public comment period. Previous permit holders were scored for renewal and the remaining permits were awarded through a competitive application process. Applications were scored using a strict rubric to assess how companies meet the needs of Baltimore City for a sustainable, safe and equitable transportation option.
The three companies selected submitted the top scoring applications and each provide unique services:
- Spin was awarded the first permit renewal for permit compliance and community rankings. Spin will continue to serve Baltimore City with their e-scooters branded in dark orange.
- LINK by Superpedestrian will continue to serve Baltimore City with e-scooters, seated e-scooters, and adaptive vehicles for people with special mobility needs. Their vehicles are branded with fluorescent yellow.
- Bird will return to Baltimore City with their e-scooters and an expanded fleet of e-bikes. Bird vehicles are branded in silver and blue.
“The BCDOT continues its mission of creating alternative and sustainable transportation options for residents throughout the city,” said Director Sharkey. “The 2022 Dockless Vehicle Program continues to innovate in order to provide a more inclusive and accessible transportation system for all. In the past year, low-income plan users have taken three times as many trips as the average rider. We also debuted new adaptive vehicles for use by residents with special mobility needs. The providers selected have given the best plans to keep this momentum going.”
Under the new operating permit, companies will abide by the revised Rules and Regulations developed by BCDOT and its partners. These regulations affect fleet size, parking requirements, equity zones and distribution, rider education, equity of access, safety and vehicle standards, and data reporting formats. The awarded permits become active on July 1, 2022 and will expire on June 30, 2023, with the possibility of a one-year extension.
The permit rules, public comment report and additional information can be viewed at: https://transportation.baltimorecity.gov/bike-baltimore/dockless-vehicles.
2022-2023 Permit Information:
Dockless Vehicles are small vehicles, such as scooters, bikes, and e-bikes, available for rent to get you where you need to go. “Dockless” Vehicles do not need to be parked in a bike rack or any other designated location (the dock). They are equipped with GPS technology and can be parked nearly anywhere- just remember to ride and park courteously!
Following the Dockless Vehicle Pilot, the passing of Council Bill 19-0324, and the public comment period on Rules & Regulations, BCDOT launched an annual permit program in August 2019. On an annual basis, BCDOT adjusts rules and regulations based on program evaluation and permits dockless companies which will best meet the needs of Baltimore City. BCDOT reinvests the permit fees into program support including safety education and infrastructure such as designated parking.
Dockless Safety Tips
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation encourages all roadway users to be safe, obey all traffic laws, and share the road. With new forms of mobility on the road, everyone should be alert and courteous to other roadway users.
Scooter and bicycle users should know the following laws:
Users under 16 are required to wear helmets when riding.
Scooters and bicycles should ride in bicycle facilities were available and on the right side of the lane where there is no bike lane.
Scooters should not be ridden on sidewalks except on streets where the speed limit is 30 mph or greater (always ride slowly, carefully, and courteously on sidewalks).
Scooters should be parked courteously – not blocking sidewalks, bus stops driveways or doorways. You may park it next to a bike rack, but allow space for bicycles to still use the rack.
Drivers should know the following laws:
Drivers must leave bicycles and scooters at least three (3) feet when passing.
When turning, cars must look and yield to people, bicycles, and scooters.
The fastest way to get a vehicle moved which is illegally parked is to call the company which operates the vehicle—all vehicles have a numeric identifier and the phone for the company printed on the vehicles. To submit feedback about requests or recurring issues, please email DOT Community. Please check back here for announcements of community events where you can submit feedback in person.
Permit Holders: July 1, 2021- June 30, 2022:
Lime - E-scooters and E-bikes (green and red branding)
Lime Access (discounted plans, non-smartphone plans)
Link - E-scooters (florescent yellow branding)
Link-Up (discounted plans, non-smartphone plans)
Spin - E-scooters (orange branding)
Spin Access (discounted plans, non-smartphone plans)
2021-2022 Permit Year Reporting:
2021-2022 Permit Information:
2019 - 2020 Permit Year Reporting:
2019-2020 Permit Information:
- Appendix 1: Provider Pilot Agreements (Bird, Jump, Lime, Spin)
- Appendix 2: Dockless Vehicle Committee Work Plan
- Appendix 3: Community Survey Full Results
- Appendix 4: Dockless Vehicle Council Bill 19-0324