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Scooter / Bike Lanes
You can ride scooters in bike lanes.
On-street bike lanes are on-road bicycle facilities designated by striping, signing, and pavement markings. The District currently has more than 75 miles of on-street bike lanes.
Climbing Bike Lanes are on the uphill side of the road, with a shared lane on the downhill side.
Bike/Bus Lanes A dedicated lane shared by both cyclists and buses.
Protected Bike Lanes Sometimes referred to as cycletracks or separated bike lanes, protected bike lanes have painted buffer zones with physical barriers to separate them from motor vehicle lanes. Protected bike lanes are currently located on 15th St NW, 1st St NE, 6th St NE, L St NW and M St NE and NW.
Green Lanes DDOT has painted many bike lanes green in “conflict zones” to improve visibility of both the bike lanes and the cyclists.
You can ride scooters on trails.
Bike Trails Bicycle facilities physically separated from traffic, but intended for shared use by a variety of groups, including bicyclists, scooter riders, pedestrians, and joggers.
This popular 18-mile asphalt trail runs from Lake Needwood in Montgomery County into DC.
Shared Lane Markings
The shared lane marking is a pavement marking with a variety of uses to support a complete bikeway network; it is not a facility type and should not be considered a substitute for bike lanes, cycle tracks, or other separation treatments where these types of facilities are otherwise warranted or space permits.
Signed Routes for Bike / Scooter
Signed bike routes are typically found along less congested residential roads or routes with minimal traffic hazards. Signed bike routes are indicated by signs and designated by the jurisdiction having authority over the roadways included in the bicycle route system.
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LEARN THE BASICS
Use bike lanes where possible and ride in a single file. No sidewalk riding in downtown DC.
Always park scooters upright at the curb, leaving at least five feet of space on the sidewalk.
Reduces traffic by reducing car trips Nearly half of car trips in the US are less than three miles in length. These short car trips cause congestion, generate harmful emissions, and also affect public transit by slowing buses and competing for carshare passengers. By riding an electric scooter, you’ll save time in traffic and reach your destination faster.
Good for the environment Since electric scooters run on batteries, there are no fumes or burning of fuels in the engine — making them eco-friendly. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, look no further. With an electric scooter, you’ll improve air quality and decrease pollution.
Improves accessibility / great for short trips Scooters enhance mobility and improve cities by presenting a flexible, convenient car alternative for short trips. They also eliminate the first-mile, last-mile challenge by expanding access to public transit.
Saves money Traveling by scooter eliminates the costs of car maintenance, parking, and gas. In fact, the cost of fueling an electric scooter is just over 1% of the cost of fueling a car that delivers a respectable 28 miles per gallon.
Convenience Electric scooters are easy to drive and can help you avoid traffic blocks. Due to their compact size, you can easily park in spaces where traditional cars don’t fit. Unlike bicycles, scooters are easy to travel with because they are often lightweight, collapsible, and quite compact. If taking public transportation, you can bring your scooter onboard without worrying about it taking up a lot of space on the bus or train.
No double riding; limit 1 person per scooter.
Do not ride scooters on the sidewalk in the Central Business District.
Use bike lanes when available.
Yield to pedestrians and use bells to alert people before passing them.
Yes, under the amended District of Columbia Traffic Act, 1925. Electric scooters are defined as “personal mobility devices.” Details outlined below:
As defined by law, a “Personal Mobility Device” or “PMD” means a motorized propulsion device, designed to transport one person or a self-balancing, two non-tandem wheeled device, designed to transport only one person with an electric propulsion system, but excluding a battery-operated wheelchair.”
You must be at least 16 years of age to operate a PMD.
The maximum speed limit is 10 miles per hour.
It is illegal to ride a PMD on the sidewalk within the Central Business District (Downtown DC); nor shall any person ride on a sidewalk in any area outside of the Central Business District if it is expressly prohibited by Order of the Mayor and appropriate signs to such effect are posted.
It is illegal to ride a PMD while carrying any package, bundle, or other article that hinders the operator from keeping both hands on the handlebars.
It is illegal to ride on any roadway or sidewalk while wearing a headset, headphone, or earphone, unless the device is used to improve the hearing of a person with a hearing impairment or covers or is inserted in one ear only.
If riding on a sidewalk or crosswalk, you must yield to pedestrians.
Yield when emerging from, or entering an alley, driveway, or building to all pedestrians on the sidewalk; and yield upon entering the roadway to all vehicles approaching on said roadway (safely enter flows of traffic).
For more information, please review the DC Council Act on personal mobility devices and clarification of responsibilities here.
Yes, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) requires operators to make dockless vehicles accessible to all Washingtonians under the Low-Income Customer Plan. The four permitted scooter companies must facilitate programs that reduce the barriers to accessing dockless vehicles, regardless of income. If approved, program participants can get FREE unlimited 30-minute trips.
Residents interested in the program should sign-up with the individual companies:
Who Can Apply
Eligible candidates must meet one of the following criteria:
A single person earning less than $24,980/year
A family of four where household income is less than $51,500/year (adults age 18+)
How to Sign-Up
Scan or take a picture of any qualification that validates your participation in any state or federally-run assistance program. If you qualify and do not have documentation, contact the company directly.
Upload or email the scanned image or picture to the individual company of choice. Be sure to include your full name and valid phone number because the phone number will be associated with your account.
MAPS & TOOLS
Finding a good route is important when you are trying to get around metro DC by scooter. Fortunately, there are maps, apps, websites and tools to help you find your way.
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Low-Income Customer Plan
Washington, DC is heavily invested in providing affordable, alternative transportation options to residents across all eight wards of the city, regardless of income. To help meet that goal, DDOT has required operators to have a Low-Income Customer Plan to provide discounted access to dockless scooters.