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A person carries groceries on a bike and shows off a helmet with a Vision Zero sticker. Photo: SDOT.

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Lighter days and clearer weather are finally upon us, and we’re ready to ride – join us with these tips, tools, and resources to get you rolling in the right direction.

How to use scooter and bike share

Interested in trying one of Seattle’s scooter or bike share options for the first time, but not sure where to start? Look no further than our website, which has all the guidance and details you need to get going.

We also participate in a variety of events to offer help to people new to scooter and bike share equipment. Check out our full community events calendar for details. These events are a great place for people to try out the equipment and learn to ride with support.

We encourage any new riders to practice riding in a low-stress, low-traffic, and low-urgency environment for their initial rides until they feel comfortable riding in busier places.

People practice riding bikes and scooters in an outdoor area.
People try out bikes and scooters at a public outreach event in Seattle. Photo: SDOT

Safety resources and videos

Visit our website for a full list of safety tips and important reminders. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to travel safely and be aware of your surroundings while riding.

In addition to the tips listed there, check out a few of our safety videos with our SpokesSalmon, Sal.

Watch our Ride Safe and Park Smart video from Sal the SpokesSalmon. Video: SDOT

While it’s important for people scooting and biking to stay alert and aware of their surroundings, everyone needs to make this a priority, including people driving. Here are a few safety tips for drivers that apply year-round.

To help keep everyone safe, please put your phone away, slow down, and be aware of all travelers in your vicinity – including people walking, rolling, biking, and scooting.

Wearing a helmet

Helmets are a proven safety measure that can help protect you in the event of a crash. We encourage you to wear a helmet when you ride scooter or bike share.

We distribute free helmets at a number of community events alongside our micromobility partners, as well as at 6 Seattle Customer Service Centers: Ballard, Lake City, University, Central, Southwest, and Southeast. Visit our website for the details or see this community events calendar for a full list of times and locations.

Helmets on a table at an outdoor event.
Free helmets at a previous community event in Seattle. Photo: SDOT.

How to park correctly

Please do your part and park your scooter or bike in an appropriate, out of the way location at the end of your ride. This helps keep the sidewalk clear and accessible for everyone, including people with disabilities or other mobility challenges. Visit our website for more detailed guidance.

When parking, please DO:

  • Park the scooter or bike upright at a bike rack, bike corral, or in the area with trees, poles, and other fixtures towards the curb (sometimes called the ‘furniture zone’)
  • Leave at least six feet clear for pedestrians to pass

Please do NOT park:

  • At or in curb ramps, a corner/intersection, or in driveways 
  • Within designated no-parking zones that are highlighted in the map in the app you’re using
  • Within bus stops
  • In front of building doors, benches, parking pay stations, fire hydrants, recycling/garbage bins, and dumpsters
  • On private property or in a place that’s hidden
A graphic showing a car on the road, a tree and area where people can park scooters and bikes, and a clear zone of sidewalk that should not be blocked.
Graphic showing where to park scooters and bike share equipment, and how they should not be parked to block the sidewalk’s ‘clear zone.’ Graphic: SDOT.
A scooter and bike share parking area in a cityscape outdoors.
Example of a marked scooter and bike share parking area on Pike St, between 1st and 2nd avenues in downtown Seattle. Photo: SDOT

Discounted fare program

Interested in riding, but the cost is a barrier to you? You may qualify for programs set up to help.

If you have ORCA LIFT, the Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP), or Apple Health (Medicaid), or receive discounted utilities, discounted housing, or nutritional assistance (e.g. SNAP), you likely qualify for rides at a reduced cost.

Visit our website for all the details.

2023 ridership overview

Did you know that in 2023 alone, Seattle saw around 4.9 million trips on scooter share and bike share? That’s more than 13,000 trips per day on average! Way to ride, Seattle!

If you want to dig into the data on your own, check out our website and interactive ridership tool.

In conclusion

We hope you find biking and scooting around town as exciting, fun, and useful as we do, and we hope to see you out there in the weeks and months ahead.

Thanks for your time reading these tips to ensure you and everyone have a safe trip. Please enjoy the rest of Bike Everywhere Month!