The City of Tucson is one step closer to launching a Shared Electric Scooter Pilot Program. The City’s Transportation Department solicited proposals from operators to participate in a 6-month electric scooter share pilot program. After a careful review of the proposals, Bird Rides, Inc. and Razor USA, LLC have been selected to operate in Tucson. The City will begin coordinating with the two firms on developing a time line for launching the program and making scooters available for rent on city streets.
As stated in the City of Tucson Shared Mobility Pilot Program regulations, each company will be permitted to launch up to 500 vehicles within 30 days of receiving a permit. Each company may launch an additional 250 vehicles in “opportunity zones” characterized by high percentages of low-income, transit-dependent households, and households without access to motor vehicles.
The goals of introducing shared e-scooters in Tucson are to:
Provide a new low-cost mobility option for residents and visitors
Reduce single-occupancy motor vehicle trips and vehicle miles travelled (VMT)
Support public transit by providing first- and last-mile connections
Support local economy, business and tourism
Over the past several years, shared micro-mobility systems – like bike share and scooter share – have been growing rapidly in cities across the country offering low-cost, convenient and accessible transportation options for both resident and visitors.
Full details about Tucson’s e-scooter share pilot program are available online at: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/bicycle/shared-electric-scooter-pilot-program
The pilot program has been designed to maximize safety, minimize sidewalk riding and clutter, and test the viability of scooters as a mobility option in Tucson. During the course of the initial 6-month pilot, the City will conduct an evaluation of the program to determine if and how shared electric scooters serve the transportation needs of our community and help achieve the goals of the program.