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.

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