FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 5, 2018
The City of Kansas City is accepting proposals to participate in a pilot program for electric scooters, e-bikes and other forms of Shared Active Transportation.
“We are working to increase transportation options for all residents, while also advancing social equity goals,” said City Manager Troy Schulte.
This Request for Proposals (RFP) is a different than traditional RFPs. Rather than picking one vendor and then paying that vendor to provide a service or product, this RFP will select one or more companies that will pay permit and license fees to participate in the pilot program. Participating in the pilot will allow these companies to operate in KCMO while also providing data and other information to city staff. The information will help the city determine how these businesses fit into existing laws, and what revisions to city code might be considered.
“Ridership information from the companies will help us prioritize where we need to build more bike lanes,” said Assistant City Manager Rick Usher, “as well as helping us see the full impact on city infrastructure such as sidewalks.”
Additional objectives for the one-year Pilot Program:
- Make permitting and licensing easier for these types of companies to set up shop in KCMO.
- Evaluate operations in all seasons, as well as during special events and emergency situations.
- Influence the implementation of the new BikeKC Plan.
- Establish comprehensive framework for rules and regulations for Shared Active Transportation companies in KCMO.
The RFP is the first step in the Pilot Program. Proposals are due Feb. 12, and the Pilot Program would launch in spring 2019.
Companies wishing to submit a proposal must use the existing procurement process:
- On the city’s website, go to Procurement Services
- Scroll down and then click on the “Online Contract Advertising Search – Bidding Opportunities” link;
- In the Ad Category window select “All Categories,” then click Search
Companies with questions about the procurement process should contact Cedric Rowan, Procurement Services Division, at 816-513-1156.
Those wishing to simply read the RFP requirements can do so at kcmo.gov/scooters.
Media inquiries should be directed to KCMO Communications Director Chris Hernandez at 816-513-3474.