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Micromobility

What is Shared Micromobility?

Shared-use fleets of small, low-speed vehicles such as bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters that may be electric and/or fully or partially human powered. 


What’s Next for Micromobility in Tacoma?

The City is currently going through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process to select one or more vendors for a more permanent micromobility program. The RFP process was designed to allow the City to use lessons learned from the pilot to structure the program moving forward & provide an open opportunity for new vendors to submit proposals. The program launch was originally slated for June 1, 2020. While COVID-19 has delayed these plans, the process is still moving forward. More updates on launch logistics and timing will be posted here as they become available.

 

Background

In fall 2018, the City granted right-of-way use permits to two companies, Bird and Lime. These permits were granted with the goal of evaluating use and impacts of a new transportation option for people traveling around Tacoma. 

 

Lime began by deploying 250 scooters and 100 bikes in Tacoma on Friday, September 21, 2018 for a 60-day initial permit. Lime was granted an extension through January 20, 2019 and allowed to operate up to 500 scooters and 250 bikes in Tacoma. Lime elected to remove electric bikes from their Tacoma fleet in early February 2019. Lime was granted two additional permit extensions for 500 scooters, first through September 30, 2019 and a second extension through May 31, 2020.

 

Bird began by deploying 250 scooters in Tacoma on October 12, 2018 for an initial 60-day permit. Bird was granted an extension through February 11, 2019 and allowed to operate up to 500 scooters in Tacoma. Bird did not pursue a permit extension.