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 [email protected] with “dockless” or “scooters” in the subject line. 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 Safety: www.li.me/how-to-lime
Lime Access (discounted plans, non-smartphone plans): https://v1.li.me/en/community-impact
Link - E-scooters (florescent yellow branding)
Link Safety: https://www.link.city/safety
Link-Up (discounted plans, non-smartphone plans): https://www.link.city/link-up
Spin - E-scooters (orange branding)
Spin Safety Page: https://www.spin.app/safety
Spin Access (discounted plans, non-smartphone plans): https://www.spin.app/spin-access
Baltimore City Policy API: https://maps.populus.ai/baltimore/policies
Link Public API: https://mds.linkyour.city/gbfs/us_md_baltimore/free_bike_status.json
Spin Public API: https://web.spin.pm/api/gbfs/v1/baltimore/free_bike_status
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