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Dockless in Arlington County

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Rider Questions + Answers

Dockless e-scooters and bikes are new to Arlington. Learn more about the County's pilot project.

Help us maintain a safe environment for all road and sidewalk users. Be respectful of other modes and maintain visibility when you are predictable, alert, and lawful. Browse and download Frequently Asked Questions—Riders.

Each dockless bike and e-scooter company has age restrictions written in their user agreement. Review the user agreement carefully to determine if you’re eligible to ride.

Dockless Bikes

  • Lime bike riders must be 18 and older, but legal guardians may allow a minor who is at least 16 years of age to use Lime.

Dockless e-Scooters

  • Both Bird and Lyft riders must be 18 and older and have a valid driver’s license. You will be required to scan your license to start your ride.
  • Lime riders must be 18 and older and have a valid driver’s license.

Yes – riders need to have a valid driver’s license to ride e-scooters. Bird and Lyft require you to show proof of license before your first rental.

Arlington County requires riders age 14 and under to wear helmets. Riders above age 14 are not required to wear a helmet, but are encouraged to do so for added precaution.

Both Bird and Lime offer free helmets to active riders and can be requested through their app, while supplies last.

When you arrive at your destination, it is important to remember to park your dockless bike or e-scooter away from the pedestrian right-of-way or vehicle traffic, and to park the device upright by using the kickstand. Dockless devices should be parked away from driveways, garages, alleys, crosswalks, bike lanes, bus stops, ramps, private or federal property, and entrances to buildings.

Great places to park your dockless bike or e-scooter include:

  1. Near existing bike racks
  2. On the edge of a sidewalk or curb, but be careful not to block a bus stop or a crosswalk

If you find a dockless bike or e-scooter wrongfully parked, move it to a better location to help those who aren’t able. Alternatively, if you are unable to move a dockless bike/e-scooter, contact the company to have it removed. The company name and information are located on the dockless bike or e-scooter, and the company is required to move it within two hours of a report.

Yes, it is important to maintain lawful behavior to stay safe while riding. Dockless e-scooters and e-bikes are considered motorized vehicles and are subject to the same rules and regulations as a motor vehicle.

Remember to:

  • Stop at red lights and stop signs
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic, even in bike lanes
  • Use hand signals to communicate your intentions
  • Obey posted signs

Yes! Residents and visitors can provide their thoughts—including ideas, suggestions, and opinions—to Arlington County by emailing mobility@arlingtonva.us. This feedback will help the County create policies for dockless providers that will benefit riders and the community as a whole.

 
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Where Can I Ride?

You can ride dockless bikes and e-scooters in many places across Arlington, but there are a few places to avoid while you ride. This is a comprehensive list of where you can operate dockless devices.

It is especially important to note that you cannot operate e-scooters on the sidewalk in Arlington County. Rules may be different in other localities, like Washington, DC.

  e-Scooter Standard*
Scooter
e-Bike Standard*
Bike
Sidewalk NO YES YES YES
Trail NO YES NO YES
Bike Lane YES YES YES YES
In the Road YES YES YES YES

*Standard refers to a bike or scooter with no motor or electronic assist. Personal non-motorized bikes or scooters and regular Capital Bikeshare bikes would be considered standard.

Dockless Parking Etiquette

Great places to park your dockless bike or e-scooter include:

  • Near existing bike racks
  • On the edge of a sidewalk or curb, but be careful not to block a bus stop or a crosswalk

Dockless devices should be parked away from driveways, garages, alleys, crosswalks, bike lanes, bus stops, ramps, private or federal property, and entrances to buildings.

Parking Corrals

Arlington has designated parking corrals to help you place dockless e-scooters and bikes in convenient places for others to pick-up and to help keep the public right-of-way clear.

Courthouse

  • Clarendon Blvd & N Uhle St

Crystal City

  • 18th St S & S Bell St

Pentagon City

  • S Hayes St & 12th St S

Rosslyn

  • N Lynn St & Fairfax Dr
  • N Lynn St & 19th St N

Preferred Parking

Residential and Commercial Properties

A property manager can designate a suggested or preferred area for tenants to park dockless bikes and e-scooters on their own property. This doesn’t guarantee visitors will park their devices in that area, but it will help corral those scattered around your property.

Communicating this preferred area to tenants is also an opportunity to share proper parking etiquette, best practices for riding safely in bike lanes, and the benefits of using dockless e-scooters and bikes for short distances.

Dockless for Businesses

Too many e-scooters outside your property? Finding them in the garage? Not sure how to share feedback? Browse and download Frequently Asked Questions—Businesses & Properties to understand Arlington's new transportation options.

When people park e-scooters inside a building or garage, it makes it difficult for future riders to find and use.

As a property manager, you may restrict the interior of your building and garage from dockless bike or e-scooter parking and ask tenants to refrain from ending trips within the building.

If you find a dockless bike/e-scooter parked in your garage or in your bike room, you can either move the dockless device to a public space or call the company to have them remove the device.

A property manager can designate a suggested or preferred area for tenants to park dockless bikes and e-scooters on their own property. This doesn’t guarantee visitors will park their devices in that area, but it will help corral those scattered around your property.

Communicating this preferred area to tenants is also an opportunity to share proper parking etiquette, best practices for riding safely in bike lanes, and the benefits of using dockless e-scooters and bikes for short distances.

A property manager can maintain the aesthetic of a building’s exterior and accommodate dockless bikes or e-scooters by creating a balance between form and function. Plants, benches, and artwork can still be the center of attention while properties can also create designated parking areas, effectively sharing the space.

No—Arlington County and Washington, DC do not have the same rules for dockless operators. To learn more about DC’s program, visit DDOT’s dockless vehicles page.

 

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