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(January 16, 2019)

 The City of Omaha plans to begin a pilot program this spring to test dockless shared electric scooters.

An RFP posted today outlines the pilot and the requirements for bidders.  The deadline to submit bids is February 8.

The pilot will help the City determine whether shared scooters support the City’s Master Plan goals, including to provide multimodal transportation options for enhanced mobility, create livable and connected neighborhoods, and attain a healthy and safe environment.

Up to three companies will be selected to participate in the pilot, scheduled to begin in late March and continue until mid-November.

“Dockless scooters have the potential to expand mobility options in Omaha. This pilot will give us the information we need to evaluate the long-term potential for this technology,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.

The companies selected will be required to pay $10,000 for a permit to participate in the pilot, plus pay the city 50 cents per day per scooter and 5 cents per day for each ride. Each company can have up to 500 shared scooters in Omaha during the pilot, with an option for 500 more.

Bidders will be required to provide safety records, a history of complaints against the company by users and cities where the company operates, public education and communication plans, pricing, including discounts offered for low-income users, user privacy policies, and insurance coverage (workers compensation, general liability, vehicle liability, cyber liability).

Bidders must also explain how shared scooters create and improve access to jobs for unemployed and underemployed people, if and how the company would contribute to local infrastructure improvements, outline strategies to work with Omaha’s Smart Cities initiative and existing Omaha transit providers Metro Transit and Heartland Bike Share.

 During the pilot period, Shared Scooter parking zones may be created; scooter parking may also be banned in designated areas. Park Omaha will enforce dockless scooter parking regulations.

There are currently about eight companies providing shared scooters in the United States, including Lime and Bird.