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Micromobility

What is Shared Micromobility?

Shared-use fleets of small, low-speed vehicles such as bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters that may be electric and/or fully or partially human powered. 

 

Shared Micromobility in Tacoma Today

Currently, Lime is operating in Tacoma with a permit for 500 electric scooters. Their permit runs through May 31, 2020. 


From December 17, 2019 through March 5, 2020, all 500 of Lime’s scooters took a “winter break” and were not available to rent.

 

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Lime will temporarily remove all scooters from service in Washington State - including Tacoma - as of March 17, 2020.

If you have questions or comments for Lime, you may contact them directly at:

  • Lime app: click "!" to report an issue
  • Email: support@li.me 
  • Call or Text: 1-888-546-3345

General comments for the City of Tacoma about micromobility can be directed tacomamobility@cityoftacoma.org or 311.  

 

Additional resources:

What’s Next for Micromobility in Tacoma?

The City is currently working on a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a more permanent micromobility program that will be released in spring 2020. The RFP process will allow the City to use lessons learned from the pilot to structure the program moving forward & provide an open opportunity for new vendors to submit proposals. The vendor or vendors selected through the RFP progress will be expected to launch their program(s) on June 1, 2020.

Background

In fall 2018, the City granted right-of-way use permits to two companies, Bird and Lime. These permits were granted with the goal of evaluating use and impacts of a new transportation option for people traveling around Tacoma. 

 

Lime began by deploying 250 scooters and 100 bikes in Tacoma on Friday, September 21, 2018 for a 60-day initial permit. Lime was granted an extension through January 20, 2019 and allowed to operate up to 500 scooters and 250 bikes in Tacoma. Lime elected to remove electric bikes from their Tacoma fleet in early February 2019. Lime was granted two additional permit extensions for 500 scooters, first through September 30, 2019 and the current permit through May 31, 2020.

 

Bird began by deploying 250 scooters in Tacoma on October 12, 2018 for an initial 60-day permit. Bird was granted an extension through February 11, 2019 and allowed to operate up to 500 scooters in Tacoma. Bird did not pursue a permit extension. Currently, Lime is the only scooter share vendor operating in Tacoma.

 

View the final Tacoma Lime Permit Application
View the City of Tacoma Permit
View the Indemnity Agreement 

 

Learn More About the Program with These FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Helmets Required? 

 

Yes – scooter users are required to wear helmets in Tacoma. According to Title 11 (Traffic) of the Tacoma Municipal Code:

 

11.30.030 Helmet required. A. Any person bicycling, skateboarding, roller-skating, riding a scooter, or riding as a bicycle passenger on or in tow of a bicycle, skateboard, roller skater, or scooter, upon any public area in the City of Tacoma shall wear an approved helmet designed for safety that meets or exceeds the standards adopted in TMC 11.30.020.C and shall have either the neck or chin strap of the helmet fastened securely while the bicycle, skateboard, roller skates, or scooter is in motion

 

Where Can Scooters Be Operated? 

 

According to Title 11 (Traffic) of the Tacoma Municipal Code:

 

Electric motorized foot scooters may be operated on roadways, shoulders, sidewalks, and alleys. They may not be operated in bicycle lanes, pedestrian paths, park trails, or on school fields or playgrounds, unless the motorized foot scooter is operated by a person with a mobility impairment caused by a physical disability who uses that device to enhance that person’s mobility.

Contact Lime Customer Service

green scooters

 

Email Lime


1-888-LIME-345

 

LimeBike app: click "!" to report an issue