Dockless Vehicles are small vehicles, such as scooter, 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 public comment period on Rules & Regulations, BCDOT launched an annual permit lasting from August 1, 2019-July 31, 2020. The ordinance and permit rules are based on the evaluation of BCDOT's 6-month pilot program where private companies provided dockless scooters and bicycles for the public to rent. BCDOT permitted four dockless companies which will best meet the needs of Baltimore City and will abide by the adopted Rules & Regulations. BCDOT is additionally launching increased support for the program, including safety education and infrastructure such as designated parking.
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, 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 where 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 number identifier and the phone for the company printed on the vehicles. To submit feedback about requests or recurring issues, please email [email protected] with “dockless” or “scooters” in the subject line. Please check back here for announcement of community events where you can submit feedback in person.
Permit Holders: August 1, 2019- TBD (Permits extended through the MD state of emergency)
- Contact: 1 (888)‐LIME‐345, [email protected] , https://help.li.me/hc/en-us/requests/new
- Lime Public API: https://data.lime.bike/api/partners/v1/gbfs/baltimore/free_bike_status.json
- Lime Safety: www.li.me/how-to-lime
- Contact: 1(888)249-9698, [email protected], https://spinbikeshare.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
- Spin Public API: https://web.spin.pm/api/gbfs/v1/baltimore/free_bike_status
- Spin Safety Page: https://www.spin.app/safety
Low-Income and Other Alternative Sign Up Programs
All dockless companies permitted to operate in Baltimore City are required to offer low-income customer plans, non-smartphone access, and cash payment alternatives. Sign up for each of the providers is provided below.
2019 - 2020 Permit Year Reporting
- Appendix 1: Equity Zone Analysis
- Appendix 2: 2020 User Survey Full Results
- Appendix 3: COVID -19 Response and Analysis
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