Shared Active Transportation Resources

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Whether you planned to use them or not, shared bikes and scooters are always there to help. Bike and scooter shares are the perfect solutions to the beginning or the end of your transit trips. Located around the hottest spots in the city, these shared transportation options allow Austinites the opportunity to get to nearby destinations quicker than in a car.

Being stuck in traffic and looking for parking really takes the fun out of any activity, but have you ever seen someone sad on a scooter? Take advantage of all Austin has to offer by enjoying all the shared transportation options available to you!

Smart Trips Austin wants to make your first experience with bike and scooter shares the best possible. That is why we have teamed up with local vendors to bring you some great discounts available in our toolkits!


Rules for Micro-Mobility Devices

The City of Austin updated the city’s transportation code to include all micro-mobility devices, such as “scooters, skateboards, and other compact devices designed for personal micro-mobility either privately owned, or part of a shared micro-mobility service.” The full ordinance can be read here. 

For riders of scooters, e-bikes, or any other micro-mobility device, we have listed the key rules for you below:

  • Riders shall obey all official traffic signals and signs
  • Riders less than 18 years of age must wear a helmet
  • Riders can not ride in the opposite direction of traffic
  • Riders can not use a portable electronic device while riding
  • Multiple riders can not use a single-rider device
  • Riders can not park the scooters in the public right of way or any way that would obstruct pedestrian/vehicle traffic, block sidewalks, or block building entrances/exits
  • Riders shall yield the right of way to pedestrians on a sidewalk or a vehicle in the roadway when exiting an alley, driveway, or building

Station-Based Bike Share

Bicycles can be rented at one of the 76 stations. Each ride lasts 60 minutes. If you would like to ride for a longer period, check the bike back into a B-Cycle station before checking another one out. Additional charges apply past 60 minutes.

AUSTIN B-CYCLE

University of Texas and Huston- Tillotson students ride Austin B-Cycle for FREE! Click here for more information on how to enroll.

If you make less than $28,500 a year you may be eligible to participate in B-Cycle For All. Click here to find out if you are eligible to get a year-long B-Cycle membership for $5!


Dockless Bike Share

JUMP

Electric-assist bikes are free to unlock and +15 cents per minute thereafter. You’ll be able to find and reserve a bike using the JUMP or Uber app.

JUMP offers a Boost Plan available to residents ages 18 and older who are currently enrolled in the Transit Empowerment Fund or Austin Energy CAP Discount. For qualified residents, JUMP is $5 per month for 60 minutes free daily use of e-bikes.


Dockless Scooter

These electric scooters are dispersed throughout the city for your convenience. By downloading the app you can locate and check out scooters closest to you.

BIRD 

BIRD Scooters cost $1 to start riding and +25 cents per minute.

One Bird is a program that provides discounted access to those eligible for state or federal assistance. Find out if you are eligible for One Bird here.


JUMP

Scooters are free to unlock and +15 cents per minute thereafter. You’ll be able to find and reserve a bike using the JUMP or Uber app.

JUMP offers a Boost Plan available to residents ages 18 and older who are currently enrolled in the Transit Empowerment Fund or Austin Energy CAP Discount. For qualified residents, JUMP is $5 per month for 60 minutes free daily use of e-bikes.


LIME

Lime Scooters cost $1 to start riding +15 cents per minute.

Lime has an equity access program providing low-income rides with heavily subsidized rides. Find out if you are eligible for Lime Access here.


JUMP

JUMP scooters cost $1 to start and +15 cents per minute after the first 5 minutes. These easy electric scooters will let you get a JUMP on Austin congestion. Reserve your ride with the JUMP or Uber app. Jump also distributes free helmets in Austin (subject to availability).

For qualifying low-income riders, JUMP Boost Plan allows you to ride for $5 per month and enjoy 60 minutes of ride time a day. To enroll, email a photo of your qualifying documentation to support@jump.com with subject line “<city name> Boost Documentation.”


LYFT

Scooters cost $1 to unlock and +15 cents per minute to ride. When in Austin, the  icon will appear in your Lyft app. Use your Lyft app to scan the QR code or to reserve a scooter ahead of time.

For Austin residents ages 18 and older who are currently enrolled in, or qualify for, a state or federal assistance program such as Medicaid, SNAP, or a discounted utility bill, the Lyft Community Pass is a low-income, discount program that costs $5 per month and includes unlimited, free, 30-minute rides within Lyft’s service area. 


OjO

Ojo scooters cost $1.25 to unlock and +18 cents per minute to ride. They offer a seated riding position with a step-through frame design, and even offer a cargo trunk in the rear. Sit or stand, Ojo electric scooters are a sustainable and comfort ride. Connect to the scooter’s Bluetooth to pump your tunes on the scooter’s speakers.


VEORIDE

VeoRide electric scooters cost $1 to unlock and +15 cents per minute during the ride. VeoRide’s e-scooters have 10-inch wheels with a shock-absorbing vacuum core plus a front and rear suspension that prevents jolts to the rider. These features were designed to create more stability when riding on the street.