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E-Scooters Coming to Boise

Stationless devices – bicycles, E-bikes and E-scooters – are popping up across the nation and will soon make their way to Boise. Two companies – Lime and Bird – will be the first to bring stationless E-scooters to our city in mid-October.

Lime and Bird, in partnership with the City, will be hosting three educational events focused on responsible ridership and safety tips. All residents are welcome to join.

  • Monday, October 15 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. |City Hall Plaza
  • Tuesday, October 16 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m | Julia Davis Park Rotary Plaza
  • Wednesday, October 17 | 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Esther Simplot Park Central Pavilion

To plan for the devices hitting the streets this month, the City of Boise updated our bicycle code to allow for the arrival of this new model of transportation.

The City is requiring that Lime and Bird, along with any other company operating a stationless service, to have a fleet of at least 50 but no more than 250 devices. The City also set a limit of 750 total stationless devices to be allowed in the city.

The updated city code allows for:

  • Stationless bicycles
  • E-bikes with a motor that has a power output of no more than 750 watts and a top speed of 20 miles per hour
  • E-scooters with a motor that has a power output of no more than 300 watts and a top speed of 15 miles per hour can be operated

They can be used within City of Boise limits:

  • On streets
  • On sidewalks and crosswalks
  • In bike lanes
  • On the 25 miles of Greenbelt paths managed by City of Boise

To ensure that the devices are a success, the City of Boise has implemented additional requirements and recommendations:

  • Devices should never be left on private property, or in a location that obstructs ADA access, the pathways for pedestrians, bicyclists or motorists.
    • E-scooters may not be parked in certain areas. Check the mobile app of the E-scooter provider for more information.
  • Individuals riding an E-scooter, or any stationless device, should follow proper etiquette. Anyone operating the device recklessly can be charged with a misdemeanor.
    • Park in designated zones
    • Do a pre-safety check
    • Apply brakes to slow down/stop
    • Be mindful of obstructions, pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists
    • Always follow traffic laws
  • For issues related to devices being left on private property or otherwise undesignated storage locations, please contact the City of Boise Code Compliance at (208) 972-8150 ext. 8 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Companies are responsible for removing the devices within 4 hours of receiving notification on weekdays, between 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., not including holidays. All other times, they have 10 hours to respond.
  • Help requests, questions around the mobile applications, transactional issues and operational concerns should be directed to the companies

How the devices are being used will be reviewed regularly to determine if any code changes need to be made. City Council will revisit the ordinance in January 2019.

Published: October 11, 2018