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.
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!
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 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.
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.
Austin’s first shared moped, Revel offers mopeds that are $1 per person to unlock, 25 cents a minute, and 10 cents to pause a ride.
Revel is offering free memberships for healthcare workers. Fill out the form on their website.
Restaurants looking to use Revel for delivery service are also able to apply for a free membership. Those interested can email CommunityAffairs@gorevel.com.