E-Scooter Pilot Program

What is Happening?

The City of Eugene is working to create and implement an E-Scooter Pilot Program. There are several things that need to happen first before the program can officially launch. This includes potentially making changes to city code, establishing criteria for selecting e-scooter companies, and creating regulations to govern how and where e-scooters may operate. Currently, the program is predicted to launch in spring or summer 2020.

Before we initiate the program, however, we'd like to know what you think about e-scooters and how they may potentially operate in Eugene. Your feedback will be used to help inform how we review e-scooter operators' permit applications and ultimately which company(ies) we select to operate in Eugene. Additionally, it will be used to establish rules and regulations for where and how scooters operate within Eugene’s city limits.


Why is this Happening?

The City of Eugene has multiple policies in place that support the creation of a shared e-scooter program. Eugene’s Climate Recovery Ordinance states that by 2030 community fossil fuel use should fall to 50% of 2010 levels. Additionally, both the city’s 20-year long range land use (Envision Eugene) and transportation plans (Eugene 2035 Transportation System Plan) state that the number of trips made by transit, bicycling, or walking should be tripled.

It should be noted that when these plans were created, e-scooters did not yet exist. The intention of increasing the number of transit, bicycling, and walking trips, however, is to reduce the number of trips made by gasoline (fossil fuel) consuming, single-occupancy vehicles. E-scooters present an additional opportunity for the city to provide a method of moving people in a fun and accessible way that does not require the use of personal vehicles. In short, e-scooters could help reduce vehicle use, which in turn would reduce fossil fuel use, which in turn would help to achieve the Climate Recovery Ordinance goals.


Micro-mobility – What is It and Why Should I Care?

At its core “micro-mobility” means just what its name says ­­– mobility options that are small. Beyond that, the definition is vague. There are, however, two schools of thought on how to define the term more concisely. The first defines it by weight, stating that micro-mobility refers to mobility devices that weigh less than 500kg or 1,100lbs. For comparison, the average compact car (Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic) weighs approximately 2,800lbs. The second, derived from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), defines it as “small, fully or partially human-powered vehicles such as bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters.”

Both definitions provide a lot of lee-way for interpretation. As such, the City of Eugene is working to create its own definition for “micro-mobility”. This definition will be used to write new city code that will allow e-scooter use within city boundaries. The definition will also be flexible enough to cover the next new “micro” transportation technology that arises, so long as it lightweight and human or electric-powered.


Quick Scooter Facts

  • Bird was the first e-scooter company to launch, in September 2017.
  • Santa Monica, CA was the first city in which a shared-use fleet of e-scooters operated.
  • As of September 2019, in the USA, there are 16 e-scooter companies operating in 120 cities across 31 states.
  • Portland is currently the only Oregon city with a shared-use e-scooter fleet.

Map of E-Scooter Operations as of October 2, 2019

Source: SmartCitiesDive

What is Happening?

The City of Eugene is working to create and implement an E-Scooter Pilot Program. There are several things that need to happen first before the program can officially launch. This includes potentially making changes to city code, establishing criteria for selecting e-scooter companies, and creating regulations to govern how and where e-scooters may operate. Currently, the program is predicted to launch in spring or summer 2020.

Before we initiate the program, however, we'd like to know what you think about e-scooters and how they may potentially operate in Eugene. Your feedback will be used to help inform how we review e-scooter operators' permit applications and ultimately which company(ies) we select to operate in Eugene. Additionally, it will be used to establish rules and regulations for where and how scooters operate within Eugene’s city limits.


Why is this Happening?

The City of Eugene has multiple policies in place that support the creation of a shared e-scooter program. Eugene’s Climate Recovery Ordinance states that by 2030 community fossil fuel use should fall to 50% of 2010 levels. Additionally, both the city’s 20-year long range land use (Envision Eugene) and transportation plans (Eugene 2035 Transportation System Plan) state that the number of trips made by transit, bicycling, or walking should be tripled.

It should be noted that when these plans were created, e-scooters did not yet exist. The intention of increasing the number of transit, bicycling, and walking trips, however, is to reduce the number of trips made by gasoline (fossil fuel) consuming, single-occupancy vehicles. E-scooters present an additional opportunity for the city to provide a method of moving people in a fun and accessible way that does not require the use of personal vehicles. In short, e-scooters could help reduce vehicle use, which in turn would reduce fossil fuel use, which in turn would help to achieve the Climate Recovery Ordinance goals.


Micro-mobility – What is It and Why Should I Care?

At its core “micro-mobility” means just what its name says ­­– mobility options that are small. Beyond that, the definition is vague. There are, however, two schools of thought on how to define the term more concisely. The first defines it by weight, stating that micro-mobility refers to mobility devices that weigh less than 500kg or 1,100lbs. For comparison, the average compact car (Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic) weighs approximately 2,800lbs. The second, derived from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), defines it as “small, fully or partially human-powered vehicles such as bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters.”

Both definitions provide a lot of lee-way for interpretation. As such, the City of Eugene is working to create its own definition for “micro-mobility”. This definition will be used to write new city code that will allow e-scooter use within city boundaries. The definition will also be flexible enough to cover the next new “micro” transportation technology that arises, so long as it lightweight and human or electric-powered.


Quick Scooter Facts

  • Bird was the first e-scooter company to launch, in September 2017.
  • Santa Monica, CA was the first city in which a shared-use fleet of e-scooters operated.
  • As of September 2019, in the USA, there are 16 e-scooter companies operating in 120 cities across 31 states.
  • Portland is currently the only Oregon city with a shared-use e-scooter fleet.

Map of E-Scooter Operations as of October 2, 2019

Source: SmartCitiesDive

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    The City of Eugene is working to create and implement an E-Scooter Pilot Program. Before we initiate the program, however, we wanted to know what you think about e-scooters and how they may potentially operate in Eugene. Your feedback is being evaluated and will help inform how we review e-scooter operators' permit applications and ultimately which company(ies) we select to operate in Eugene. (The survey is now closed)

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    The City of Eugene is working to create and implement an E-Scooter Pilot Program. Before we initiate the program, however, we wanted to know what you think about e-scooters and how they may potentially operate in Eugene. Your feedback is being evaluated and will help inform how we review e-scooter operators' permit applications and ultimately which company(ies) we select to operate in Eugene. (The survey is now closed)

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