Shared mobility services include shared micromobility (also known as dockless mobility) and shared vehicle services that are available for short-term rental in City of Austin right-of-way.

  • Micromobility services refer to scooters, skateboards, or other compact devices designed for personal mobility which do not have a license plate.
  • Shared vehicle services refer to larger devices such as mopeds, smart cars and small electric vehicles that are licensed for operation in the roadway and require a license plate.

Micromobility

Micromobility devices may refer to kick scooters, skateboards, or other small mobility devices that do not have a license plate. They do not describe personal assistive mobility devices, such as electric wheelchairs or other medical mobility devices.

Keep Austin safely moving by following micromobility laws and regulations

  • Pedestrians first – Yield to people on foot.
  • Park responsibly – Park in a secure, upright position in designated areas and keep at least 3 feet of clearance on sidewalks.
  • Stay on right-of-way – Keep devices out of unauthorized areas, such as private property, parkland, or State-owned land, unless otherwise allowed.
  • Know what you're sharing – You can use these services without having to share Personally Identifiable Information. You can opt into data sharing only after getting clear information about what data will be shared.
  • Right and report - If you see parking issues with a device, help out by correcting it or reporting to Austin 3-1-1.

Scooter etiquette handout Handout for scooter etiquette

Download a PDF version of the etiquette flyer.

The following companies are licensed to operate in Austin.

As of May 19, 2020, there are 9,000 permits available to be issued to shared micromobility providers. Interested providers must first contact the Shared Mobility Program to initiate the application process for these permits.

Shared Vehicle Services

Shared vehicle services refer to shared mopeds, motorcycles, smart cars, small electric vehicles, and other motor vehicles. These vehicles must have license plates and can operate only in the roadway, not on sidewalks. The same Texas state rules and regulations for driving motor vehicles are the same for using shared vehicle services.

The following shared vehicle service companies are licensed or contracted to operate in the City of Austin.  

Shared Mobility Services Open Data

Austin Transportation has open data and reporting tools on micromobility and shared vehicle services, available for public use and analysis. This data is anonymous and streamlined using data standards shared by leading American cities.

In developing these tools, Austin Transportation created the Austin Dockless Application Programming Interface (API), a tool based on cloud technology that gives others fast and powerful access to dockless mobility data. The API acts as a geospatial interface to the Dockless Vehicle Trips dataset and powers the Dockless Data Explorer. Austin Transportation hopes that other transportation agencies can reuse this code to create their own interactive visualizations.

Shared Mobility Regulation and License Applications

Director Rules for Deployment and Operation of Shared Small Vehicle Mobility Systems

Austin Transportation filed the following final rule for the regulation of shared small vehicle mobility systems with the City Clerk on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

License Applications

The license application and associated documents required for shared mobility companies to operate in the right-of-way are available below. If approved, the license will be valid for six months.

Please submit signed and completed documents to:

Mobility Services Division
1111 Rio Grande St.
Austin, TX 78701

Shared Mobility Program Background

Learn more about the community feedback process conducted in 2018.

Memoranda to City Council provide additional information on program development.

Contact Us

Report issues with shared mobility services to Austin 3-1-1 by phone or mobile app. For other comments and questions, please email DocklessMobility@AustinTexas.gov

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