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King County is establishing a scooter share pilot program for shared electric scooters set to run until December 31, 2020 in accordance with ordinance 2019-0358. The pilot program is exclusive to the North Highline Urban Unincorporated Area, which includes White Center.  Through public engagement and evaluation of the pilot program, the County will determine whether the program needs adjustments and if scooters will be allowed to continue operating after the end of the pilot program. 

Shared micromobility includes all shared-use fleets of small, fully or partially human-powered vehicles such as bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters.

National Association of City Transportation Officials:
"Shared Micromobility in the U.S.: 2018"

This pilot program will help the County determine whether Scooters can support the County’s policy goals of:

  1. Improving first/last mile connections to transit
  2. Reducing private motor vehicle use and congestion
  3. Promoting safe travel with this form of transportation
  4. Improving pedestrian safety, accessibility, and convenience for people of all ages and abilities
  5. Providing equitable transportation services, and
  6. Reducing air pollution, including climate pollution. 

Deploying a Scooter fleet is a privilege and requires a valid, current Limited-Use Permit issued by the County.  The County may issue up to two Permits for the Pilot Program, which will expire on December 31, 2020.  Applications were due by May 8, 2020 and the County is currently reviewing the applications.  

We look forward to sharing more information as we develop, implement, and report on the pilot. If you have questions or feedback, please email us at licensing@kingcounty.gov.