Shared Electric Moped Parking Permit Program
The Shared Electric Moped Parking Permit Program provides permits to shared electric moped organizations that allow their vehicles to be exempted from certain street parking regulations.
Shared electric mopeds (e-mopeds) that display these permit stickers are exempted from:
- Residential Parking Permit time restrictions
- Payment in metered motorcycle parking stalls
- Payment in metered parallel parking spaces, if parked on the line between spaces, or in front of the parking meter (if there is no line)
- These permits are only available to Shared Electric Moped Organizations which provide pre-approved members access to a citywide network of at least 100 shared e-mopeds.
- Each permit costs $325 per year. Like Residential Parking Permits, the rate is set to cover the estimated cost to administer and enforce the program.
- Permitted providers are required to share data on e-moped usage and parking to help the SFMTA address issues (e.g. crowding) as needed.
Shared e-mopeds, which are provided primarily in San Francisco by the company Scoot Networks, are one of San Francisco's newest types of shared vehicle services. The Shared Electric Moped Parking Permit Program was created in June 2017 to regulate and facilitate this new transportation option for the benefit of the city.
About Shared E-Mopeds
Scoot's shared e-mopeds are rented with a smartphone app. When they aren't in use, they’re parked at charging stations in a parking lot or garage, or on the street. Like other mopeds and motorcycles, they're often parked in the small curb spaces between cars or short "scrap" curb segments between driveways.
Original Parking Policy Trial
The SFMTA has worked with Scoot to better understand the needs and impacts of its service. A major issue we found was that because shared vehicles can't be registered for a Residential Parking Permit (RPP), neighbors who use shared e-mopeds in areas with RPP restrictions couldn’t park near their home without risking a ticket.
In August 2015, we launched a trial policy that allowed all e-mopeds to be parked in RPP areas as long as they were parked in segments of "scrap" curb that are 8 feet wide or less. Based on the observations and public feedback we gathered during the trial, we found that the policy generally worked, although the 8-foot restriction prevented shared e-moped users from parking on RPP streets that lacked any "scrap" curb.
The Shared Electric Moped Parking Permit Program was approved to launch by the SFMTA Board of Directors at its meeting on June 20, 2017. The board voted to lift the 8-foot curb space limit (a trial condition) and exempted permitted shared e-mopeds from time limits in Residential Parking Permit areas (like a conventional RPP permit).
We continue to evaluate the program’s effectiveness for any adjustments needed using data on e-moped usage from Scoot, SFMTA's real-time data on parking usage from meters as well as other public input. Using that data, we look to determine where demand for motorcycle parking is growing and propose new spaces where they’re needed.
Shared E-Mopeds: Part of the Solution
Shared e-mopeds aren't just scooters to rent for fun – they're a piece of the puzzle to making it easier for us all to get around.
Through our evaluation of surveys and data on travel patterns, we've found that they provide residents an affordable, flexible transportation option that reduces traffic congestion, produces no local greenhouse gas emissions and makes it easier for people to get around without owning a private vehicle.
That last part is key. When residents have shared vehicles conveniently available, it's easier for them to sell their car or forego buying a new one, which helps keep parking spaces open for those who need them most.