The Lincoln City Council approved a year-long scooter pilot program on September 16, 2019 which allows shared mobility devices (electric scooters) to be used in the pilot program zone within downtown Lincoln. The program launched on September 1, 2020.

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Electric scooters are only allowed on designated streets and on-street bicycle facilities (bicycle lanes) that fall within the pilot program zone(PDF, 495KB). Riders are not allowed to ride on sidewalks.

The two vendors participating in the program are Bird and Spin. Each company can have up to 250 electric scooters available for public use during the pilot program.

E-scooter Pilot Report - February 2022

A pilot program was established by the City of Lincoln temporarily governing the uses of e-scooters in the public right-of-way to evaluate the feasibility of e-scooters as a shared micromobility option. This report details the results of the pilot program.

Download Report (16.3 M PDF)

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How to Use Electric Scooters: Riding and Parking 101

Operating Rules

Before riding an e-scooter, know the operating rules:

  • Electric scooters are NOT allowed to be ridden on sidewalks. Riders can only ride them in the street and in designated bike lanes.
  • Electric scooters are not allowed on multi-paths/City trails
  • Electric scooters are not allowed to be carried onto StarTran buses
  • Riders:
    • should wear a helmet for safety
    • must be over the age of 18 and hold a valid motor vehicle operator’s permit
    • must follow all traffic rules, signals, and signs
    • must ride in the bicycle lane or vehicle lane with the flow of traffic
    • must yield to pedestrians and walk scooters on sidewalks when parking
    • must not ride scooters under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Only one rider is allowed on an electric scooter at a time
(JPG, 244KB) LPD at ScooterLNK demo August 29, 2020

Parking Rules

After riding an e-scooter, know the parking rules:

Park electric scooters the correct way in the following areas:

In City-designated parking areas and corrals

“P” and 8th streets

“P” and Canopy streets

“Q” and 7th streets

“R” and 7th streets

“R” and 8th streets

“R” and 13th streets

“R” Street and Nebraska Union

16th and “S” streets

17th Street and Knoll Residence Hall

16th and “W” streets

  • Designated scooter parking areas

Within the furniture/landscape area of the City sidewalk like next to bicycle racks, trash cans or flowerpots

Allow at least 4-feet of usable pedestrian walking space around the scooter at all times

(JPG, 295KB) Scooters may be parked within the furniture/landscape area of City sidewalks
  • Electric scooters are not allowed to be parked in the following areas:
    • Within 15 feet of intersections
    • Within transit zones (i.e. StarTran stops, shelters, boarding platforms, passenger waiting areas and bus layover and staging zones)
    • Within loading zones
    • Within disabled parking zones
    • Within the street furniture that requires pedestrian access (e.g. benches, parking pay stations, bus shelters, transit information signs, etc.)
    • On curb ramps
    • On entryways to buildings or alleys
    • On driveways

Pilot Program Designated Streets Map

(PDF, 495KB)

Contact Information

Scooter Vendor Customer Support
Bird: 1-866-205-2442
Spin: 1-888-262-5189
City of Lincoln LTU, Traffic Engineering
Roberto Partida, Transportation Planner:

COVID-19 Precautions

The City of Lincoln requires vendors to provide a sanitation plan in order to operate within city limits. The following plans illustrate the precautions being taken to ensure electric scooters are ready for use in a healthy manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.

City Ordinances

The City of Lincoln has established city ordinances(PDF, 352KB) that must be followed by both the users and the vendors.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the service area in Lincoln?

Scooters are only allowed to operate generally in the downtown area. The pilot program map shows the boundaries of the scooter pilot program.

Scooters are not allowed to be ridden on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Scooters will automatically turn off when riders go outside of the designated boundaries.

What are the operating hours for the scooters?

Scooters are only allowed to operate from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, seven days a week. Users will not be able to start any trips outside of that operating window. Scooters will not be available for use during University of Nebraska-Lincoln Husker football home game days.

How do people rent a scooter?

A user must download the scooter vendor’s app (Bird or Spin) and enter into a rental agreement. Both Bird and Spin apps require users to enter a credit/debit/prepaid card number to register and enable the rider to rent a scooter.

Available scooters will be shown on maps within the Bird and Spin app. To rent a scooter, the user will tap on a “ride” button on the app and then scan the QR code located between the handlebars of the scooters. To scan QR codes, riders need to open their camera on their phone and point it at the QR code.

To end a ride, the user must find an appropriate parking spot. The ride will end when the rider takes a photo documenting the proper parking location.

Where can people ride scooters?

Scooters are only allowed to be ridden on the street or in on-street bicycle facilities like bike lanes, including the N-Street Cycle Track.

Just like the restriction that has been in place for bicycles, scooters are NOT allowed to be ridden on downtown Lincoln sidewalks.

Are helmets required to ride a scooter?

The City of Lincoln strongly encourages scooter and bicycle riders to wear helmets as they help prevent head injuries. There is currently no City helmet ordinance that requires this. Electric scooters do not meet any of the definitions mentioned in the helmet law that appears in the State statute. It is the City’s position that the helmet law does not apply to these devices.

Where can people park scooters?

Scooters can be parked within street furniture and landscape like bicycle racks, trash cans or flowerpots. Scooters can also be parked along the side of buildings as long as they are not blocking any entryways or exists. Scooters must also be parked within the City right-of-way, leaving room for pedestrians to walk by (must leave at least 4-feet of space for pedestrians). Scooters are not allowed to be parked on private property.

Are there designated scooter parking locations?

City-designated parking areas and corrals:

  • “P” and 8th streets
  • “P” and Canopy streets
  • “Q” and 7th streets
  • “R” and 7th streets
  • “R” and 8th streets
  • “R” and 13th streets
  • “R” Street and Nebraska Union
  • 16th and “S” streets
  • 17th Street and Knoll Residence Hall
  • 16th and “W” streets

Who can people contact if they have questions, comments or concerns with the scooter pilot program?

If a scooter is knocked over, parked incorrectly, found in a prohibited area or damaged/inoperable, the public should call or email the scooter vendors below:

People can also use UPLNK to report non-emergency, quality-of-life issues within the Lincoln City limits, including any scooter-related issues.

How will the City enforce parking and riding regulations?

To ensure that riders are following the rules, LTU will actively cooperate and coordinate with the Lincoln Police Department (LPD). Initially, the City is handling enforcement by giving out warnings and educating riders that riding on the sidewalks is not allowed. After an initial introduction phase, if police have evidence that someone has violated City code, the rider or vendor could be cited. Possible penalties for violating the code are up to a $500 fine, up to six months in jail, or a combination of both fine and jail.

The City is also conducting targeted communication efforts and has an active social media education campaign currently running on the correct ways to ride and park scooters in Lincoln. These targeted communication efforts focus heavily on the improper use of scooters, sidewalk violations and improper parking.

What sanitary/COVID measures are being put in place?

The City of Lincoln requires the scooter vendors to provide sanitation plans in order to operate this scooter pilot program. When scooters are picked up to recharge overnight, they are sanitized before being deployed for use the following day. Additionally, the City has sanitation stations at each of its designated scooter parking locations. Overall, the City encourages users to follow CDC guidelines and wash their hands before and after riding a scooter.

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