What are the black or green scooters and bikes I am seeing?
The black or green scooters and bikes are part of mobility sharing programs that were recently launched in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Golden Valley and Edina. The black scooters belong to Bird. The green scooters and bikes belong to Lime. Both Bird and Lime are personal transportation companies that offer these products for short-term rental. Lime has an agreement to operate in Golden Valley and Edina. Both companies currently do not have an agreement to operate in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
At this time, users may travel into St. Louis Park on these bikes and scooters to use our bikeways and trails. However, they should not leave them unattended in the city.
What is mobility sharing?
Mobility sharing is a transportation solution ideal for short-distance, point-to-point trips. It allows users to pick up an available scooter or bike for use within a specific service area, generally the boundaries of a city. Some are “dockless”, meaning they are picked up and dropped off wherever within the service area. These scooters have GPS capabilities to monitor use and identify location.
Will mobility sharing be available in St. Louis Park? (3/28/19)
St. Louis Park currently does not have any agreements with mobility sharing providers. However, the city is exploring mobility sharing options for the 2019 season as directed by city council. More information will be available this spring.
Reporting abandoned scooters or bikes
To report an abandoned green scooter or bike, contact Ben Manibog at 952.924.2669 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Lime at email@example.com, 1.888.546.3345, or through the LimeBike app available for Apple and Android devises.
An identification number will be next to a QR code on the scooter or bike. Please have this number ready when contacting city staff and Bird.
You can also report an abandoned dockless bike or scooter through myStLouisPark under the "streets and sidewalk" category.
If the scooter or bike is on private property and you are able to, move it to the sidewalk or someplace safe where it can be seen.
- MnDOT’s bicycle safety education webpage
- Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota’s Bicycling Handbook
- Bird website
If you have any other questions regarding mobility sharing, dockless mobility options or anything related to mobility in St. Louis Park, contact:
Ben Manibog, Transportation Engineer