The Austin Transportation Department released a memo yesterday about the new rules for dockless bikes/scooters:
License applications for businesses to operate in the right of way are expected to be available on Monday, May 14, 2018. The review process is expected to take no longer than 48-72 hours. Dockless mobility services could begin as soon as requirements are met and licenses are authorized. Licenses shall be valid for no longer than six (6) months from the date of issuance. See the full license requirements here.
ATD is working concurrently on program elements including mapping and marking parking zones, data reporting and management protocols, and license issuance.
ATD will host an Operators’ Workshop to discuss the licensure process, data reporting protocols and proposed parking areas this Friday, May 11, 2018, from 1-3 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Building Training Room (201 E. 2nd Street, Suite A). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
This is good news. In a quick read of the rules, I don’t see anything that could serve as a “poison pill” that would discourage the scooter companies from operating here.