Dockless mobility systems consist of devices, such as bicycles or scooters, that do not require fixed docking stations for users to receive or return units.
Using Dockless Mobility Services
People who plan to use dockless mobility services should do so in a safe and ethical manner. Please follow these guidelines to help keep Austin moving safely.
Pedestrians First - Yield to people walking on sidewalks.
Park Responsibly - Park in a secure, upright position in designated areas, such as furniture zones of sidewalks, public bike racks and other marked parking zones. On sidewalks, give at least 3 feet of clearance for accessibility.
Stay on Right of Way - Do not take dockless devices to unauthorized areas, such as private property, parkland, or state-owned land, unless otherwise authorized.
Know What You're Sharing - Users have access to dockless mobility services without having to share Personally Identifiable Information and can opt in to data sharing only after getting clear information about what data will be shared.
Right and Report - If you see a unit toppled over or parked improperly, help out by righting the unit and reporting the issue to Austin 3-1-1.
Download a PDF version of the e-scooter etiquette flyer.
The City of Austin adopted an emergency administrative rule governing dockless mobility technology on May 7, 2018. The rule reflects City Council action at an April 26, 2018, meeting authorizing a dockless mobility operator’s license, setting forth key operating criteria and enacting enforcement mechanisms. It also reflects community input Austin Transportation collected in spring 2018, outlined below.
Austin Transportation posted the following rule on Oct. 2, 2018, and proposes to adopt it after Nov. 3, 2018:
Director Rules for Deployment and Operation of Shared Small Vehicle Mobility Systems
Comments on the proposed rule are requested from the public. Comments should be submitted in one of three ways:
To be considered, comments must be submitted before Nov. 3, 2018, the 32nd day after the date this notice is posted. A summary of the written comments received will be included in the notice of rule adoption that must be posted for the rule to become effective.
The following dockless mobility service operators are licensed to operate in Austin's downtown area project coordination zone. Supplemental licenses permit operators to provide additional units in areas outside of the downtown area project coordination zone.
Dockless Mobility Data
View data on dockless mobility in Austin. This spreadsheet includes monthly numbers for trips, total miles traveled, average trip distance, average trip duration and more.
The license application and associated documents required for dockless mobility companies to operate in the right of way are available below. If approved, the license will be valid for six months. Please submit signed and completed documents to the Mobility Services Division (1111 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78701).
Austin Transportation is engaging with operators and working concurrently on program elements, including mapping and marking parking zones, and data reporting and management protocols. Austin Transportation is working with dockless mobility operators to continuously improve performance.
Public Input Process
In March and April 2018, Austin Transportation held a series of public meetings related to dockless mobility:
The Dockless Mobility Community Survey was available throughout the month of August 2018 and is now closed.
The following Council Memorandums provide additional information on the dockless mobility process.
Online Questions, Comments and Feedback
Please email DocklessMobility@AustinTexas.gov or call 512-974-7633.