Miami Scooter Pilot Program

The City of Miami authorized a six-month pilot program allowing rental motorized scooters to operate in District 2. District 2 includes Coconut Grove, Brickell, Downtown Miami, Edgewater and Morningside.

 

Six companies are participating in the pilot program – Bird, Bolt, Jump, Lime, Lyft and Spin. Each company will start with up to 50 scooters during the first two weeks, upon which they may increase to 100 scooters.  Operators may increase fleet size by 25% monthly if usage rates indicate enough demand (exceeds 3 rides per scooter per day), or decrease if usage rates decline (less than 2 rides per scooter per day).

If a company is not properly addressing problems, such as moving scooters blocking the right of way or responding to complaints, program participation can be reduced or revoked.

Pick a company below and download their app.  These companies have been approved to provide scooters in The City of Miami. 

The company's app will show where all of their scooters are located as well as costs. 

Bolt

Bird

Lyft

Jump

Lime

Spin

The minimum age to legally operate a motorized scooter is 18.

No, but helmets are strongly encouraged.

 

Yes. All scooter riders must follow the rules of the road that apply to motorized vehicles, including yielding to pedestrians. Scooter riders should use bike lanes where available and responsibly share streets and sidewalks with cars, bicycles and pedestrians. The scooters can achieve a maximum speed of 15 mph, so vigilance and common sense are important to ensure safety. 

The pilot program allows scooters to operate on sidewalks or in streets and bike lanes in District 2. District 2 includes Coconut Grove, Brickell, Downtown Miami, Edgewater and Morningside. See map. 

Motorized rental scooters are not allowed to be operated outside District 2.

Scooter companies are required to notify users of the appropriate areas to ride and to leave the scooters when the ride finishes. If a scooter travels outside District 2, the scooter will slow down to indicate the user has crossed a boundary. The City will also monitor the locations of scooters not in use and pick up any scooters found outside District 2. Companies will be charged $25 per scooter to get them back. 

Motorized scooters must be parked upright on a sidewalk or other hard surface, beside a bicycle rack, or at a city-owned location. Scooters cannot block the right of way for pedestrians, loading zones, vehicles or emergency services. Scooters cannot be parked on private property without the permission of the property owner.

The Miami Parking Authority is responsible for enforcing the parking aspects of the scooter pilot program. Report a problem to 305-579-4900 or Csm@miamiparking.com. 

Yes. Each scooter will be assigned a unique ID. The City has access to the data provided by each company that will allow real time monitoring of the scooters. The information will be used to ensure that scooters that stray outside the program boundaries can be picked up quickly and to monitor usage rates. The data will also be used to gather information about overall mobility patterns, which may help investment in more infrastructure, such as bike lanes.

The scooter pilot program will generate revenue to help build and repair bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in District 2. Each participating company must pay a $50,000 application fee, plus $1 per scooter per day and $25 for any scooter the City has to remove from the streets for being in the wrong place. A percentage of the funds will be used to monitor and enforce the program, with the rest used exclusively on improving streets and sidewalks in District 2.