Electric scooters – City agreements and rules
The City of Kansas City, Missouri has signed interim operating agreements with Bird Rides, Inc, and Lime, companies that rent electric scooters. These are two of several new businesses known as “Dockless Shared Active Transportation Companies.” The City welcomes innovation and transportation options, and the same interim operating agreement is available for other similar companies if they are interested in doing business in Kansas City. Revenue sharing provided by the companies will create funds to help build more and better bike lanes citywide.
The interim operating agreement allows companies to do business in Kansas City while city staff develops a pilot program. Data from both companies will help the city decide potential long-term policy and ordinance changes.
People should ride in the streets, or in bike lanes where available. Do not ride on sidewalks. Use of a helmet is encouraged. Riding a scooter (classified as a motorized vehicle) on a sidewalk is in violation of KCMO ordinance 70-253: No person shall drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a sidewalk, sidewalk area, park or public property, except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.
Don’t park scooters where they block access to sidewalks or building entrances. Please park them near existing bike racks when available.
Learn more about the city’s Public Works programs to increase bike lanes across the city.
When riding scooters near KC Streetcar tracks, be sure to Respect the Rail, for your own safety:
Few injuries related to electric scooters; Four-month records review shows 19 accidents