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 5920 TAM Micromobility Illustration

Micromobility, formerly known as dockless mobility, refers to a type of shared mobility that allows users to unlock, rent, and ride motorized bikes (e-bikes) and scooters from virtually anywhere using a smartphone application. Micromobility devices are parked on the sidewalk and out of the way of pedestrians, parked cars, or other users, ready to be rented by the next rider.

The Fort Lauderdale City Commission adopted an ordinance on July 10, 2018 to allow micromobility providers to operate within the City. The ordinance allowed up to four permits to be issued on a first-come-first-serve basis for a one-year period. Permits were awarded on November 1, 2018. A total of 1,700 motorized scooters were permitted to operate within the City’s boundaries. An ordinance amendment was passed on November 5, 2019 that allowed the City Manager to extend current permits for 30-day periods for up to 180 days.

Following the adoption of new Florida Statutes that authorize local governments to govern the operation of micromobility devices, the City of Fort Lauderdale amended Chapter 27 of the Code of Ordinances on February 18, 2020 to streamline the permitting process and create new regulations. For more information, read the enabling ordinance.

The application window for 2020 micromobility permits closed at 9 a.m. EST on Monday, March 9. The City received six scooter applications but did not receive any e-bike applications. The applications were evaluated and scored on Safety (25%), Operations (25%), Experience (20%), Technology (20%), and Community Engagement (10%). The evaluation committee ranked the applicants as follows:

 SCOOTER APPLICANTS

RANK

APPLICANT

1

Wheels

2

Bird

2

Lime

4

Razor

5

Bolt

6

Spin

 

For questions about the micromobility program, please contact the Transportation and Mobility Department at 954-828-4TAM (4826) or micromobility@fortlauderdale.gov.



Ridership Information

Reporting Month

Total Rides

Total Miles Traveled

Average Daily Riders

 Average Ride Duration (minutes)

November 2018

83,805

117,279

569

28.29

December 2018

131,279

191,985

696   27.27

January 2019

107,457

154,763

548  25.26

February 2019

90,379

116,972

469  17.45

March 2019

80,727

79,289

400  21.20

April 2019

75,271

73,186

186

 14.50

May 2019

126,325

173,226

585  15.48

June 2019

77,233

95,619

396

 14.95

July 2019

70,383*

75,925*

427*

14.31*

August 2019

50,085*

 54,566*

318*

12.75*

September 2019

38,716*

49,824*

343*

11.75*

October 2019

35,424*

56,170*

269*

14.87*

November 2019

40,506*

61,872*

319*

14.60*

December 2019

39,355*

61,079*

331*

14.43*

Program to Date

1,046,945

1,361,755

418

17.65

Note: Scooters were prohibited from operating on the barrier island between March 1, 2019 and April 16, 2019 and again beginning June 8, 2019.

* This data does not include ridership data from Gotcha. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use Dockless Bike Share and Scooter Share?

To rent a dockless bike or scooter, simply download one of the permitted operator's smartphone applications to find and unlock a bike or scooter, and ride! Always store your bike or scooter courteously when you're finished, be sure to follow all traffic laws, and wear a helmet for safety. 

If my company would like to operate our Micromobility devices (scooters or E-Bikes), how do we obtain a permit?

You may apply to become a e-bike or scooter micromobility operator by submitting an online application to the Transportation and Mobility Department. The application window will open on February 24, 2020 at 9:00am EST and will be available on this website. 

When did the Dockless Mobility Permit Program begin?  

Fort Lauderdale's program began November 1, 2018.

Why aren't there dockless bikes available for rent?  

The City's permit program is market-driven. Each of the operators has the option to utilize their permitted fleet as a mix of bikes, e-bikes, and scooters based on their company's unique needs.

Where can I ride dockless scooters?

Dockless scooters are authorized for use on sidewalks. Always yield to pedestrians.

    Where can I leave my bike or scooter when I'm done riding?

    When you finish your ride, make sure you park courteously, which means bikes and scooters should:

    • Be parked upright at all times
    • Never be parked on private property
    • Be kept away from B-Cycle/AvMed Rides stations
    • Maintain a minimum four-foot pedestrian path on sidewalks

    Make sure to NEVER block:

    • Sidewalks
    • Fire hydrants
    • Curb ramps
    • Parking spaces
    • Handicap accessible areas (ramps, parking spots, etc.)
    • Street furniture such as benches, parklets, trash and recycling receptacles, and parking meters
    • Business or residential entryways

    Who regulates dockless bike share and scooter share?

    The City of Fort Lauderdale Transportation and Mobility Department. 

    I found a broken dockless bike or scooter.  Who should I call?

    If it is an emergency, call 911. If it is not an emergency, please contact the customer service number provided on the bike or scooter.

    I see an incorrectly parked dockless bike or scooter.  Who should I call?

    If it is an emergency, call 911. If you see a fallen scooter or bicycle, be a good neighbor and upright it, if able. If it is not an emergency, please contact the customer service number provided on the bike or scooter or report using LauderServ. 


    Presentations 

    The following are formal presentations that have been given to date related to the Dockless Mobility Permit Program.


    Permits

    The Transportation and Mobility Department currently permits two operators who can maintain a fleet of up to 500 dockless scooters, bikes, and/or e-bikes.