Jump bikes, e-bikes and scooters have new rules in Sacramento
City officials say the new rules are an effective way to help prevent scooters and bicycles from blocking sidewalks.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Anyone cruising through Sacramento on an electric bike or scooter will have new rules to follow in 2022.
Impacted bicycles and scooters are part of carpooling programs. Generally, people can pay to borrow these bikes and ride them around town. However, city officials say the ride-sharing program has caused problems with people leaving bikes in areas where they block sidewalks.
This has led to new rules affecting where carpoolers can leave that bike or scooter when they are done using it.
“We hear from many people that shared vehicles are not parked properly and are blocking sidewalks and accessible travel routes,” said Jennifer Donlon Wyant, transportation planning manager. “Shared scooters must now have locks to ensure they are safely out of public right-of-way. The same goes for shared bikes. Data from other cities shows it’s an effective way to reduce blocked sidewalks. “
In general, riders will need to lock rented scooters and bikes to bike racks or to the scooter or bike itself at specific drop-off areas throughout the city. There are 35 drop-off zones throughout Sacramento with over 7,000 bicycle parking spaces.
The city charges operators $15 for each bike or scooter blocking sidewalks or ramps. This burden must be passed on to the company’s riders.
For an overview of the drop zones in the city, see the map below.
A list of the new rules is available below:
- Lock scooters and bikes to bike racks.
- Lock the vehicle onto itself in the identified drop zones.
- Do not lock shared vehicles to benches, sign posts, fire hydrants or anything that is not a bike rack.