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Shared Active Transportation

Regulations and forms for shared bicycles and e-scooters.

Background

Shared Active Transportation Programs provide small vehicles (bicycles, scooters, e-bikes, e-scooters, and other small, wheeled vehicles) for rent to the public over short periods of time.

These programs are required to have a Permit to operate in the City of Albuquerque (pursuant to Part 8-3-5 of the Code of Ordinances).

Using Shared Active Transportation

People who use these small vehicles should do so safely and responsibly. All users are required to follow state and local rules. Any rule that applies to bicycles also applies to e-scooters and other small vehicles that might be provided as part of one of these programs.

Some rules to remember:

  • Helmets are required for anyone under 18 – and encouraged for all users.
  • Ride on the right side of the street, with the flow of traffic.
  • Do not operate a small vehicle on a sidewalk when there is a wide right lane, bike lane, or multi-use trail adjacent to the road in the direction of travel; when signs are posted prohibiting bicycles on the sidewalk; or when in a business district (areas where at least 50% of the buildings contain commercial, office, or civic uses).
  • If you need to ride on the sidewalk, ride slowly and yield to pedestrians.
  • Follow the instructions of official traffic signals and signs.
  • Do not bring small vehicles onto City buses.
  • Park responsibly – don’t block sidewalks or other pedestrian pathways, intersections, bus stops, or entrances to buildings! Park vehicles at stations or drop zones, at/near bike racks, or in a landscape buffer, if there is one. If you need to park on the sidewalk, do so in a location that does not block other movement on the sidewalk.
  • If you see a unit toppled over or parked improperly, help out by righting the unit and reporting the issue to the Operator. Contact information for permitted Operators is below and is required to be marked on all vehicles.
  • Using small vehicles can be dangerous. Roadways, streets, alleys, sidewalks, paths, and trails may have dangerous conditions and users are responsible for their own safety while riding.

Additional Resources:

Permitted Operators

The following Operators have been permitted in Albuquerque. Visit their website or contact their customer service to report improperly parked vehicles or to find out how to use their service.

Pace Bikeshare

Spin E-scooter Share

Get a Permit to Operate

In April 2019, the City of Albuquerque established a 1-year pilot program for e-scooters in order to better understand the impact of e-scooters on our community and to protect the safety and well-being of Albuquerque residents and visitors. Under this pilot program, the City set a limit on the total number of e-scooters that could be in the City to 750 during the pilot year.

The full number of e-scooters has been permitted for the yearlong pilot program. We will re-evaluate the program in the spring of 2020 to determine a permitting process after the pilot is complete. Please check back on this page for more information or contact the City Planning Department at 505-924-3860.