Bicycles, Skateboards, Motorized Skateboards and Multiuse Paths

The Scottsdale City Council voted 6 - 1 to adopt the Bicycle and Related Devices Ordinance (No. 4372) at its regular meeting on Nov. 13, 2018.

The ordinance took effect Dec. 13, 2018.

Changes to Scottsdale’s bicycle ordinance that address parking and operating impacts of the increasingly popular bike-share and electric scooters are in effect. The ordinance changes, created through an extensive process with review and comments from the public, make the rules and expectations clear for the companies that own the devices and individuals who operate them.

While most attention is currently directed toward bicycle- and scooter-sharing services like Lime, Razor and Bird, the ordinance specifically restricts the parking and operation of all bicycles, electric bicycles, motorized bicycles motorized skateboards, motorized play vehicles, and stand-up electric mini-scooters regardless of ownership.

An ordinance of the City of Scottsdale, amending Scottsdale Revised Code, Chapter 17, Motor Vehicles and Traffic, by amending Sections 17-76, 17-78 through 17-87, 17-93, 17-99, and 17-100 and adding Sections 17-88, 17-89.1, 17-89.2, and 17-89.3 relating to bicycles, skateboards, and motorized skateboards.

FAQs

Following are frequently asked questions about the Bicycle and Related Devices Ordinance (No. 4372). The ordinance clarifies and regulates how bikes, motorized bikes, stand-up electric mini-scooters and related devices can be safely ridden and parked in Scottsdale.

Yes, they may be ridden on streets or roads with speed limits less than 40 miles per hour, including in bike lanes.

Yes, they are allowed on public shared-use paths and sidewalks if the scooters are operated with care and at a safe speed to avoid colliding with pedestrians and objects. Avoid riding on the covered sidewalks in Old Town Scottsdale as they are private property and crowded with pedestrians, furniture and items for sale.

No. All bike and electric mini-scooter sharing companies are private businesses that operate in a public environment, similar to automobile ride sharing companies.

Electric bicycles are divided into three classes. Class 1 and 2 electric bicycles are allowed on multiuse paths and sidewalks, but class 3 electric bicycles are not. In general, Class 1 and 2 provide assistance up to 20 miles per hour, and Class 3 at more than 20 miles per hour. Do not ride on the covered sidewalks in Old Town Scottsdale.

Yes, it is okay to park them in bike racks, but, if possible, park them next to bike racks or in designated parking areas to leave space in racks for devices that must be secured with a lock.

The fastest and most effective way to report parking violations is to use Scottsdale EZ, the city's one-stop report-a-problem application. Go to eservices.scottsdale.gov/ez, type "bike" or "scooter" into the search box and follow the prompts to make a report. The application will forward your report to staff or to the private bike- and scooter-sharing companies. You may also contact these companies directly:

Bird (black and white scooters)
Call 1-866-205-2442 or email hello@bird.co
Jump (red and white scooters and bikes)
Call 1-844-505-9155 or email rsammon@uber.com
Lime (yellow and green bikes and scooters)
Call 1-888-546-3345 or email support@limebike.com
Lyft (black with pink and purple stripes scooters)
Call 1-877-452-6699 or email az-lbs-support@lyft.com
Razor (red scooters)
Call 1-833-LAST-MILE or email sharesupoprt@razorusa.com
Spin (black and orange scooters)
Call 1-888-262-5189 or email support@spin.pm

Devices should be removed immediately upon notification and can be cited if not removed immediately. Inoperable devices must be removed within two hours after notification.

If the rider is moving through the area, there is little the city can do. If there is a persistent problem with riding in a particular area, please call the police non-emergency line at 480-312-5000 and the call will be prioritized for response by the police department.

All users are encouraged to use helmets. However, adults are not legally required to wear helmets. Children are required to wear helmets when riding motorized skateboards or motorized play vehicles, but they are not required to wear them when riding electric mini-scooters or bicycles.

It is not illegal for two people to ride together unless they are riding in a reckless manner.

It is illegal to operate motorized bikes or scooters while under the influence of alcohol. It is okay to ride a non-motorized bike while under the influence of alcohol, as long as it is being ridden in a safe manner.

Rules for parking and riding

The ordinance provides these rules for parking these devices:

Keep sidewalks open for pedestrians:
Do not park devices on public sidewalks in areas that obstruct the portion used primarily by pedestrians.
The owner is required to keep devices properly parked:
The owner – whether an individual or a company – is responsible for making sure their devices are parked properly. Devices should be parked in racks or designated parking areas.
Devices should be operable and used:
The ordinance makes it illegal for devices to remain at the same location on public property for more than 72 consecutive hours. Improperly parked, inoperable or abandoned devices may be impounded.
Don’t park too many devices together:
To reduce the amount of visual clutter, the ordinance seeks to properly space parking of devices – a maximum of 5 devices from the same owner can be parked within 200 feet of each other.
Respect private property:
Devices can only be on private property with permission of the property owner (except in commercial or multi-family residential properties within common area bike racks and designated bicycle parking zones).

The ordinance also clarifies the rules about how and where to ride motorized bicycles and scooters legally. All bicycles and scooters, electric or otherwise, must obey traffic laws, including always yielding to pedestrians. Scooters and bicycles can be ridden on a public sidewalk, multiuse path or roadway if it is at a safe speed to avoid colliding with people, cars and objects around them.

Motorized scooters are prohibited on streets (including bike lanes) with speed limits of 40 miles per hour or greater, and class 3 electric bicycles are prohibited on sidewalks and multiuse paths.

The revised ordinance also prohibits riding electric bikes and scooters while under the influence of alcohol or recklessly. Persons violating these new ordinance provisionsare subject to arrest and possible jail time.

Reporting issues

The fastest and most effective way to report parking violations is to use Scottsdale EZ, the city's one-stop report-a-problem application. Report a Parking Violation Type "bike" or "scooter" into the search box and follow the prompts to make a report. The application will forward your report to staff or to the private bike- and scooter-sharing companies.

People can also report parking issues to 480-312-7433 (312-RIDE) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

If there is a persistent problem with unsafe riding in a particular area, please call the police non-emergency line at 480-312-5000 and the call will be prioritized for response by the police department.

Parking issues can also be reported directly to the owner companies:

Bird (black and white scooters)
Call 1-866-205-2442 or email hello@bird.co
Jump (red and white scooters and bikes)
Call 1-844-505-9155 or email rsammon@uber.com
Lime (yellow and green bikes and scooters)
Call 1-888-546-3345 or email support@limebike.com
Lyft (black with pink and purple stripes scooters)
Call 1-877-452-6699 or email az-lbs-support@lyft.com
Razor (red scooters)
Call 1-833-527-8645 (LAST-MILE) or email sharesupport@razorusa.com
Spin (black and orange scooters)
Call 1-888-262-5189 or email support@spin.pm

If there is a persistent problem with unsafe riding in a particular area, please call the police non-emergency line at 480-312-5000 and the call will be prioritized for response by the police department.

Examples of the changes

The following examples also apply to electric bikes and stand-up electric mini-scooters.

Graphic of bad bike parking

Don't park more than five bikes from the same owner within 200 feet of each other.

Graphic of bike parked on red curb

Don't park where prohibited by signs or where the curb is painted red.

Graphic of bike next to fire hydrant

Don't park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or 20 feet of a fire station entrance.

Graphic of bike parked with clock

Don't park in the same public location for longer than 72 hours.

Graphic of bikes parked in a transit stop

Don't park within transit stops, unless at designated areas.

Graphic of a bike parked in a median

Don't park within a landscaped area, median, bicycle lane, crosswalk, intersection or turn lane.

Graphic of bike blocking ADA access

Don't park on a public sidewalk, path or trail or within a handicapped parking stall or access area pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Graphic of bike parked in driveway

Don't park in front of or within a driveway or alley entrance.

Bike parked in bike rack

Park bikes within bike racks or designated zones.

Graphic of bike behind car

Yield to pedestrians and vehicles when emerging from an alley, driveway or building, and maintain a reasonable speed.

Graphic of bike parked on private property

Do not park bikes on private property without permission of the owner of that property.

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