Dockless Scooters

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2021 Dockless Scooter Pilot Study

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) is initiating a second Dockless Scooter Pilot Study (pilot) to observe, solicit feedback on, and evaluate the effectiveness of dockless scooters in Milwaukee for the purpose of determining how to best incorporate scooters into the transportation landscape moving forward.

The 2019 Dockless Scooter Pilot Study was successful in many ways. The high ridership demonstrated that there is latent demand for new transportation options, and 58.4% of survey respondents cited “more transportation options in Milwaukee” as an important or very important benefit of dockless scooters. Smaller, electric, shared vehicles also have the potential to assist in achieving other City goals around climate change, health, access to opportunity, and safer streets.

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the way people move around Milwaukee. Typical travel patterns have been disrupted by work from home arrangements and restrictions on transit ridership. It is impossible to know what residents’ and visitors’ transportation needs will be in 2021. A second pilot study will give the City the flexibility it needs to respond to a changing transportation environment.

Sidewalk riding emerged as a top concern for Milwaukee residents in 2019. As such, sidewalk riding will be closely monitored throughout the pilot and operators will be responsible for implementing strategies to reduce sidewalk riding. 


Pilot Study Goals

  • Provide equitable transportation services
  • Increase transportation options
  • Evaluate impacts on access to the public right of way

Application Materials

Request for Proposals
Terms and Conditions
Appendix A: Service Zone Map
Appendix B: Intersection Counts Scope of Services

Map Layers (note: clicking link will download file)
Service Zones 1 - 6
Milwaukee City Limit

Application Timeline

  • April 5: Application materials posted
  • May 3: Application and proposals due
  • May 10: Operators notified 
  • June 1: Pilot study launch


2019 Dockless Scooter Pilot Study 

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works initiated a Dockless Scooter Pilot Study on July 23, 2019. Three companies - Bird, Lime, and Spin - participated in the pilot study. The pilot study was authorized to run through December 31, 2019; however, all three companies had removed their scooters by the end of November. 

DPW staff conducted a thorough evaluation of the pilot study, which includes an overview of ridership, results from the public survey, goals analysis, and more. This report also provides a recommendation for a new 2021 pilot study.

2019 Dockless Scooter Pilot Study Evaluation & Recommendation Report


Additional 2019 Dockless Scooter Pilot Study Information

Public Survey Results

Application materials:

Application Instructions
Terms and Conditions 
Plan of Operations
Appendix A: Service Zone Map / Service Zone Map GIS Layer Package 

Dept. of Public Works Logo  

Contact Information

For media inquires, contact:
Brian DeNeve at
or 414-286-3261.

All other inquiries:
Kate Riordan - Associate Transportation Planner
841 N. Broadway, Room 501
Milwaukee, WI 53202



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