Shared mobility services offer transportation devices for short-term rental from the public right of way. In Austin, there are different types of shared mobility services: shared micromobility and shared vehicles.­

Providers interested in operating in Austin can learn more about the regulations, license application process and other requirements.

The Shared Mobility Operations map shows infrastructure and operating areas for shared mobility and the number of devices allowed.

Micromobility

Micromobility devices may include kick scooters, skateboards, or other small mobility devices that do not have a license plate. Micromobility does not include personal assistive mobility devices, such as electric wheelchairs or other medical mobility devices. On sidewalks, riding and parking micromobility are allowed if done in a safe and respectful manner.

Micromobility Riding Rules and Tips

Learn about micromobility laws and safety in Austin, and plan your ride with the Austin Bike Map.

As for riding in park areas and on trails, there are certain areas where scooters are not allowed. More information is available through the Parks and Recreation Department’s E-bikes and E-scooters on Austin Trails Pilot Program that ended in January 2020.

  • Ride one person per device.
  • Yield to people walking, bicycling, and people with disabilities.
  • Wear a helmet for safety. This is required for people under age 18.
  • Ride sober. Do not ride under the influence of intoxicants.
  • Follow traffic laws, signals and signs.
  • Ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Park with care. Keep the sidewalk open.

"Illustration of an Austin street highlighting proper use of e-scooters"  
Download a PDF version of the etiquette flyer.

Parking Micromobility

Micromobility is convenient to use because these services do not require parking at a designated station or dock when a ride ends. When parking a shared e-scooter or dockless bicycle, remember to:

  • Keep the sidewalk clear. Make sure at least 3 feet is clear to allow access for other people.
  • Park off bridges and away from creeks and rivers. Protect our environment by keeping devices away from water.
  • Stay off private property. Keep devices on the public right-of-way for the next rider.

Safety is in the hands of our community. If you see an improperly parked device, reposition it if possible or report it to Austin 3-1-1.

Where to park micromobility

  • Parking boxes: Marked spaces for dockless devices. Parking boxes are tape or stenciled outlines on the ground and may include stand-up posts.
  • Micromobility corrals: Bike racks and markings on the ground offer designated parking for both scooters and bicycles.
  • Swiftmile electric scooter parking and charging station pilot: Since summer 2020, Austin Transportation and Swiftmile have been conducting an electric scooter parking and charging station pilot program. The pilot will end in January 2021.

Shared Micromobility Providers

Provider

Price

Affordable Program

Fleet

Customer Support

Bird

$1 unlock
$0.39/minute
(Plus one-time City fee of $0.15)
 

Bird Access

3,250 scooters

866-205-2442
hello@bird.co
 

Lime

$1 unlock
$0.29/minute
(Includes one-time City fee of $0.15)
 

Lime Access

5,850 scooters
500 test permits for bicycles and scooters

888-546-3345
support@li.me

Wheels

$1 unlock
$0.32/minute
(Plus one-time City fee of $0.15)
Minimum fare: $3.49

Wheels for All

1,000 sit-down scooters

888-240-7120
support@wheels.co

Fleet size reflects the maximum number of devices allowed. It may not reflect the total number of devices available in the public right of way.

Shared Vehicle Services

Shared vehicle services may include 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. Texas state rules and regulations for driving motor vehicles are the same for using shared vehicle services.

Shared Vehicle Service Providers

Provider

Price

Affordable Program

Fleet

Customer Support

Revel mopeds

$1.15 unlock
$0.35/minute
(Includes one-time City fee of $0.15)
$1 to add an extra rider

Revel Access

465 mopeds

855-690-9180
support@gorevel.com

Zipcar car-share

Membership $7/month or $70/year

Driving rates from $8.50/hour and $69/day

University Student Membership

Currently paused

866-494-7227

Fleet size reflects the maximum number of devices allowed. It may not reflect the total number of devices available in the public right of way.

Shared Vehicle Parking

  • Car-share parking: Zipcar has designated spaces in Austin, marked by posted signs. Car-share vehicles are still subject to most posted signs, and are not allowed to park in no-parking zones, fire zones, commercial zones, etc. For more information, please visit Zipcar Austin's website.
  • Motorcycle/moped parking: Personal and shared motorcycles and mopeds may park on the street. There are also designated parking spaces for motorcycles/mopeds around Austin, marked by posted signs. Motorcycles and mopeds may not park on sidewalks.

Shared Mobility Open Data and Reporting Tools

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

  • The Vehicle Trips Dataset records trips taken in the city and is updated daily.
  • The Data Explorer visually displays clusters where trips start and end.
  • The Reporting Dashboard provides monthly summaries for statistics, such as trip numbers, miles traveled, average distance traveled, average trip duration, and number of devices.

Application Programming Interface

The Austin Micromobility Application Programming Interface (API) is a tool based on cloud technology that gives others fast and powerful access to shared mobility data. The API acts as a geospatial interface to the Vehicle Trips dataset and powers the Data Explorer. Austin Transportation hopes that other transportation agencies can use this tool to create their own interactive visualizations.

Report Issues and Send Feedback

Report issues and concerns to Austin 3-1-1 by phone or the 3-1-1 mobile app. If you see an act of vandalism or dumping into waterways in progress, call 9-1-1.

The following reports summarize the community process in 2018 when the program began.

Learn more about regulations and licensing process for shared mobility providers. For other comments and questions, please email sharedmobility@austintexas.gov.