Shared Mobility Devices
It is a priority of the City to
increase mobility options for its residents, businesses, and visitors. A robust
shared mobility device program provides the opportunity to reduce parking
demand and vehicle miles traveled, while enhancing mobility options for
subscribers. The success of alternative forms of transportation will have
environmental, economic, and quality of life benefits for residents, employees,
and visitors while also balancing the needs of other uses in the public
Shared Mobility Devices (SMD’s) are bicycles, scooters, or other
similar mobility devices including electronic versions that are offered for
short term rental to subscribers on a minute, hourly, or daily basis for a fee
for short distance travel. Since the inception of the program, multiple
vendors have come into the Columbus market. The privately owned SMD’s are
operated with an annual permit with the City to operate in the public
right-of-way. SMD’s allow residents the ability to move through the City in a
unique way that complements other forms of transportation and mobility. The
City closely monitors the operations of SMD vendors and strives to improve the
experience for residents through virtual and physical improvements.
Currently the City has approved the following SMD vendors to
operate: Bird, Lime, Spin and Trip
For more information, please review the Shared Mobility Devices
Rules and Regulations.
Here are a few key rules that riders should know:
You must be 18 or older to ride a scooter in the City of Columbus.
Scooters should be ridden in the street and not on the sidewalk.
Scooters are permitted on most shared use paths in the City of Columbus.
Group rides are limited to one user and one guest per
Be mindful of how scooters are parked. If parking on a sidewalk,
ensure the scooter allows access with regards to ADA regulations. Repeated
offenders can be fined by operators.
Always check the in-app map before you ride to ensure your travel
path won’t be interrupted by a No-Ride zone.