Scooter Share

Updated: July 29, 2022

2022 Scooter Vendor Permit Application Process

SDOT has reviewed applications for the 2022-2023 permit cycle and is issuing scooter share permits to Bird, Lime, and LINK by Superpedestrian. Additional updates will continue to be posted on this site.

What is Scooter Share?

Scooter share lets you rent an electric foot scooter for a quick errand, a trip to light rail, or a climate-friendly commute trip. You rent the nearest available scooter, ride it to where you want to go, and leave it responsibly parked for the next person to ride. 

How do I Rent a Scooter?

You will see five different types of scooters on the streets. Each is available for rental through a smart phone application by the company labeled on the scooter (see below for cash payment & non-smart phone rental options).  

To rent a scooter: 

  1. Download the appropriate app:
  2. Sign up for discounted rides (if applicable): If you have ORCA LIFT, the Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP), or Apple Health (Medicaid), or receive discounted utilities, discounted housing, or nutritional assistance (e.g. SNAP), you likely qualify for rides at a reduced cost. See the links below to sign up for each Vendor's program to save on rides and check out our Discounted Rides Sign-Up Info to access each Vendor's program.
  3. Find a scooter and you're (safely) off! 

If you're new to scooter share you might notice your first ride is capped at 8mph. This limit is in place to let new users get a hang for riding these devices at a slower and more manageable speed.

Rules of the Road

Scooters can be a fun new way to get around, but they come with some new rules to help us all stay safe as we get around the city. Here are the most important ones to keep in mind as you get your scoots in: 

  • Helmets Required 
  • Ride in Bike Lanes or Trails, when available
  • No Sidewalk Riding
    • Unless a section of bike lane/trail routes onto the sidewalk (e.g. Fremont Bridge). Yield to pedestrians on these stretches.
  • No Riding on Streets over 25mph or in bus lanes
  • No Riding in No-Ride Zones
    • These are areas that SDOT has determined to be unsuitable for scooter use. Riding into a no-ride zone will slow your scooter to a stop; it will begin working again when you leave the no-ride zone.
  • Park Appropriately
    • Park at a bike rack, bike corral, or near the curb on the sidewalk if it isn't a load zone. See "Where Can I Park?" below for more details. 

Free and Discounted Helmets

Our micromobility partners offer helmets at a discounted price via direct ordering options.  

  • Bird: Request a free helmet and pay $9.99 in shipping through this website
  • Lime: Access discounted Bern helmets via this website
  • LINK: Access discounted Bern helmets using this 25% off discount code: LINKxBERN25 

Bird, Lime, and LINK also provide helmets for free at community events. See this community events calendar where a limited number of helmets will be distributed. Limit one helmet per person. Only adult sized helmets will be available.  

Rules for Seattle Parks

Scooters use can present additional challenges and potential damage to our parks and greenspaces. To help protect our parks please observe the following rules:

  • No Riding in Parks: Riding of e-scooters is only allowed on multi-use trails and roads within parks - please do not ride on park sidewalks, trails, or pathways
  • No Parking inside of Parks: Park the scooter in a paved area outside of the park when you arrive so that it's easily available for the next rider.

Where Can I Park?

Badly parked scooters can cause problems for people getting around on our sidewalks, especially if they're rolling in a wheelchair, or are blind or low-vision. Now, in Seattle, shared scooters and bikes parked improperly could result in an additional $20 fee tacked onto your ride. Do your part and park your scooter in an appropriate, out of the way location at the end of your ride.

  • Park at a bike rack, bike corral, or in the landscaping/furniture zone of a sidewalk (the part with trees, poles, and other fixtures, towards the curb)
  • Leave at least six feet clear for pedestrians to pass
  • Do not park in a no-park zone. These are areas that SDOT has determined to be unsuitable for parking and will be highlighted in the rental application at the end of your ride
  • Do not park at bus stops or on corners/intersections, driveways, or curb ramps
  • Do not block access to buildings, benches, parking pay stations, fire hydrants, etc.
  • Park the scooter upright
  • Do the right thing - don't park in somebody else's way, and don't hide the scooter somewhere the next user can't find it
  • Check out this parking diagram from our bike share program to better understand where you can and cannot park - these rules apply to scooters as well 

Report an Issue

If a scooter is improperly parked or needs maintenance, please let us know by reporting it through our Find It, Fix It mobile apponline web portal (select "Bike or Scooter Share Issue" from the list on the left), or by phone at (206)684-ROAD. We immediately forward these reports to our micromobility partners for a quick response. 

If you are involved in a collision with an injury and need emergency assistance, dial 911. File a collision report online with the Washington State Patrol - reports can also be filed for less serious collisions that do not require a 911 response. Report the collision to the company you were renting from and let them know if the scooter needs to be repaired or removed from service. 

Contact Vendors Directly:

Questions or Comments? 

If you are a scooter share company and have questions or are interested in obtaining a permit please contact the SDOT Scooter Share Program at Residents with questions and comments may also email

Data Dashboard

The below dashboard shows a summary of the trip and fleet size data we use to inform permit compliance, program evaluation, and broader transportation planning purposes. Please note that all data shown in the dashboard is preliminary data and subject to change. If you have any questions about the data, please reach out to us at

Open Datasets

  • The following datasets are now published on the City's Open Data Portal
  • General Bike Share Feed Specification (GBFS): Additionally, we are making a new source of open data available for bike and scooter share in Seattle. These data are accessible by API, and each company operating in Seattle will host its own API feed as a requirement of their permit terms. Details on the data specification, called the General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS) can be found here, with current URLs listed below.

Bird Feed

Lime Feeds

Link Feeds 

Wheels Feed 

Spin Feed

Project Library

  • Seattle City Council Transportation and Utilities Committee (August 19, 2020)
    • CB 119867: AN ORDINANCE relating to the City's traffic code; amending Sections 11.46.010 and 11.46.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code to revise permissible areas of operation in the right-of-way and other public pathways for electric personal assistive mobility devices and motorized foot scooters.
    • CB 119868: AN ORDINANCE relating to use of City right-of-way by free-floating scooters; amending Section 15.17.005 of the Seattle Municipal Code; adopting a Free-Floating Scooter Share Program Fee Schedule; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts.
    • Presentation