Micromobility Legislation Resources


State-level legislation impacting bikeshare and micromobility is a new norm. NABSA works proactively to guide our members and the industry in this policy environment in two ways:

  1. To equip NABSA members with the tools to stay informed and take action when necessary
  2. To convene high impact cross-sector conversations with members of the industry and partner organizations to ensure that stakeholder groups are talking the same language, and that policies uphold NABSA’s core values (as stated in our Code of Conduct) and meet the evolving goals of the shared micromobility industry

 

2019 Legislative Sessions

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Since January 2019, bills relating to e-scooters and e-bikes are being introduced in many states across the U.S.

NABSA’s policy position is as follows:

Much like state bicycle and e-bike legislation, state-level legislation has a part to play in helping to facilitate the growth and implementation of shared scooter systems, but it must play the right part. As we have learned with bikeshare, the key to a successful system is a strong relationship with local partners. It is local authorities who know their communities best and are positioned to create standards for system implementation that meet community needs; local regulatory control over systems and devices operating in the public right of way must be maintained, alongside efforts to define scooters as a transport mode. This principle is consistent with our core values as stated in the NABSA Code of Conduct.

  • A clear, uniform definition of electric scooters in state vehicle codes is beneficial to vendors, cities, advocates, and the general public. As such, NABSA supports  state-level legislation that defines electric scooters as legal vehicles and clarifies their place in state vehicle codes.

 

  • Authority to regulate and manage shared electric scooters and other shared micromobility devices must remain at the local level. As such, NABSA supports provisions in state-level policy that allow and do not restrict the ability of local authorities to enact regulations and management of electric scooters and shared micromobility devices. NABSA opposes legislation that removes or shifts authority from local/municipal government to the state or federal level. In particular, many regulatory issues – such as fleet size, parking and riding restrictions, speed limit, data standards and formats, fees, contract/permit/license structure, and public notification, etc. – are fundamentally local issues and are best addressed at a local level, based on local conditions and needs.

 

  • The decision of whether or not to allow shared electric scooters in a jurisdiction is a local decision. NABSA supports legislation that leaves this to local purview, or expressly states this if language is needed per state rules.

 

  • Subject to local considerations, bike lanes and protected bicycle infrastructure is the most sensible place for electric scooters to be ridden.

 

  • Bicycles, electric bicycles and electric scooters are different products and should be regulated differently as appropriate. In particular, NABSA supports language that defines electric scooters independently of regulations regarding bicycles and electric bicycles.

 

  • Policy-makers and implementers should take a cautious eye toward safety.  The potential for electric scooter share is exciting, but it is also new, and many issues regarding product design, technology, operation, and user behavior are still being tackled. Studies are currently assessing safety following reports of scooter injury rates, and ADA compliance remains a challenge. NABSA supports legislation that legitimizes scooter share systems to be implemented in jurisdictions in which they are invited, and advises that plans for user education and rider safety be part of implementation plans by local authorities.

Tools to stay informed and take action:

NABSA encourages members be proactive about legislation in your state.

NABSA provides members access to a real-time tracking tool for all US legislation that NABSA is currently tracking.

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In addition, use the provided template letter to write to your state legislators about any bills on which you would like to take action.

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