Minneapolis launches shared bike and scooter program

Starting in mid-April the Shared Bike and Scooter program will return to Minneapolis as an option for commuters.

The city collaborated with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the University of Minnesota and the City of St. Paul to enter into agreements with mobility companies Lyft, Lime and Spin for scooter services.

According to Minneapolis officials, Lyft was awarded the only contract for bike-sharing and will continue to operate the Nice Ride system with both traditional and electric-assisted bikes.

Scooter distribution is equity-focused, the city says, with 30% of scooters to be placed in “equity distribution areas” in north and south Minneapolis. No more than 40% of scooters can be placed in the downtown area.

The city reminds riders that scooters cannot be ridden on sidewalks.

You can provide input on the location for bike and scooter parking with this survey.

More information about mobility hubs in Minneapolis can be found here.