Shared Use Mobility Pilot Program

Shared Use Mobility Devices are an emerging technology that may help address the first-mile/last-mile alternative mode of transportation. In an effort to understand this new technology, the City of El Paso has created a 12-month pilot program to allow the City to evaluate the operation of these devices and propose rules and regulations to ensure a safe, equitable, and alternative mode of local transportation. The rules and regulations establish standards aimed at the operation, parking, and safety of pedestrians and riders.

 

Background

On January 8, 2019, the City Council approved an ordinance to establish the 12-month pilot program for the Shared Use Mobility Devices, which also included the framework for the permitting process, insurance, penalties, and authority. The Rules and Regulations outlines the application requirements, operations, parking, data, etc. The Rules and Regulations are to govern the operation of the devices and are to maintain the safety of the public, as well as gathering data to better regulate and understand this new alternative mode of transportation.

 

Where can I ride?

Operation of Shared Use Mobility Devices within City right-of-way shall be limited to the Downtown Plan Area, Streetcar Corridor Study Area (See Operation Map).

Operation of Shared Use Mobility Devices shall be limited to City right-of-way, including sidewalks and bike lanes.

  • Devices may only be operated on a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt. Operation of devices is not permitted on natural surfaces such as grass, gravel, screenings, or dirt.
  • In the absence of a bike lane, riders may ride on streets which have a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less, and on sidewalks, including sidewalks adjacent to roads which have a speed limit over 35 miles per hour.

Operation of the devices is prohibited within the following areas:

  • Private property or property owned or controlled by any other governmental entity, school district, or institution of higher education, including but not limited to The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
  • Public parks and plazas, including but not limited to San Jacinto Plaza.
  • State (TXDOT) right-of-way, including but not limited to Mesa Street, Paisano Drive and Texas Avenue

 

Who can ride?

  • Riders must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Riders must possess a valid driver’s license or other valid government-issued identification.
  • Riders may not have any passengers. Only one person may be on a device while in use.

 

Where do I park?

  • Shared Use Mobility Devices shall stand upright and stable when parked.
  • Shared Use Mobility Devices shall be parked on a hard surface and may only be parked on sidewalks in a manner that does not impede normal and reasonable pedestrian access or travel on a sidewalk. Devices may be parked only in designated areas, defined as follows:
    • Any paved parkway or sidewalk five feet or more in width. Devices parked on a sidewalk may not reduce the minimum clear width of the sidewalk to less than four (4) feet.
    • Any designated drop zone as designated by the Planning and Inspections Director.

 

Where am I not allowed to park?

  • Shared Use Mobility Devices shall not be parked in prohibited areas, defined as follows:
    • Any portion of a public right-of-way used for vehicular travel or parking
    • Alleys
    • Within or on sidewalks adjacent to any public parks or plazas, including but not limited to;
      • San Jacinto Plaza
    • Sidewalks less than five (5) feet in width
  • Shared Use Mobility Devices shall not be parked in the area immediately adjacent or impeding access to the following:
    • ADA accommodations including curb ramps, railings and signal push buttons
    • Sidewalk cafés or street patios
    • Street furniture (including, but not limited to, benches, parking meters, parking pay stations, waste bins, and newspaper boxes)
    • Fire hydrants
    • Valet parking stands
    • Public transit shelters or stops
    • Drinking fountains
    • Public art
    • Any fixed regulatory or informational sign
  • Shared Use Mobility Devices shall not be parked in a manner that impedes access to any of the following:
    • Building entryways
    • Vehicular entryways (e.g. driveways, parking garage entryways, et cetera)
    • Fire escapes
    • Railroad crossings
    • ADA accessibility

 

Additional Operation Rules

  • Devices may operate seven days a week. Operating hours shall be limited to 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.
  • Riders may not use mobile phones while operating a device.
  • Riders must always yield to pedestrians. When utilizing sidewalks where pedestrians are present, riders shall maintain a low rate of speed and provide an audible signal when passing such pedestrians.
  • Riders must use bike lanes when available.
  • If ridden on a sidewalk, riders must maintain a distance of two feet from all pedestrians.
  • Riders must obey all state and city traffic laws.

 

Report an Issue

To report any issues of an improperly parked device, devices impeding access to building entrances or sidewalks, encroachments on ADA accessibility, or any other problems, violations, or comments, you may contact the device provider directly:

As stated in the Rules and Regulations, improperly parked devices or issues concerning devices must be addressed within two (2) hours of the provider receiving the notice during weekdays and twelve hours on evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Shared Use Mobility Device concerns can also be reported to the City of El Paso through 3-1-1. Information received through citizen reporting will help address issues, inform necessary changes or updates to better regulate this new technology.

Use of a helmet is encouraged. When riding near streetcar tracks, the El Paso Streetcar encourages you to be streetcar safe. STOP. LOOK. LISTEN.


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