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Shared Bikes and Scooters

WHY Shared bikes and Scooters?

Shared bikes and scooters (shared-rideables) can be a great sustainable way to travel around Sacramento.

Using Shared Bikes and Scooter Services 

Shared Rideables in bike box

People who plan to use shared services should do so in a safe manner. Please follow these guidelines to help keep Sacramento moving safely.

Pedestrians First

  • It is illegal in California to use a motorized scooter on a sidewalk. (Cal. Vehicle Code, § 21235.)
  • City Code allows bicycle riding on sidewalks (City Code, § 10.76.010.) but bicyclists must yield to pedestrians and slow down, stop or dismount as needed. Bicyclists must give an audible warning if passing a pedestrian.

Park Responsibly 
Park in a secure, upright position at a bike rack. Bikes and scooters must be parked at bike racks.

Stay on Right of Way
Do not take shared bikes or scooters to unauthorized areas, such as private property unless otherwise authorized.

Report
If you see a bike or scooter toppled over or parked improperly, you can report to 311. Please include:

  • Location (address or intersection)
  • Identification number and company (all shared bikes and scooters must have a unique identification number)
  • Description of the issue such as blocked sidewalk or broken device

How to Use Scooters

Common Questions

Is shared-rideables a city program?

Shared bikes and scooters are private businesses operating in the City of Sacramento. Any shared-rideable business operating in the City of Sacramento must follow city laws and have a permit to operate in the City.

How fast do motorized scooters and electric assist bikes travel?

  • The speed limit for scooters in California is 15 mph. (Cal. Vehicle Code, § 22411.)
  • The City has further required that shared bikes and scooters be modified to prevent the motor from providing assistance if the device’s speed exceeds 15 mph.

What are the rules for using a motorized scooter?

How do the rules for bicycles and scooters differ?

  • License: No driver’s license or instruction permit is required to operate a shared bicycle.
  • Sidewalks: City Code allows bicycles to ride on a sidewalk. (City Code, § 10.76.010.)
  • Streets: Users can ride on a street with a posted speed limit greater than 25 mph, even if there is no bike lane available.

References

Sacramento Administrative Procedures on Shared-Rideables

Shared-Rideables Business Permit Application

Shared-Rideables Opportunity Areas GIS Map

Sacramento regulations around shared bicycle and scooters.

Sacramento Shared-Rideable Ordinance

Sacramento Shared-Rideable Fee Resolution