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City of Boulder Releasing RFP for Shared Micromobility Program

The City of Boulder is seeking proposals to operate a Shared Micromobility Program

The City of Boulder is seeking proposals from qualified organizations, companies, vendors, manufacturers, or other entities to submit a proposal to own and operate a Shared Micromobility Program comprised of electric scooters (e-scooters) and electric-assist bikes (e-bikes) as part of a combined program, individually, or as a partnership consisting of one or more vendors.

The ideal program will incorporate state-of-the-art information technology with shared micromobility devices as a transportation option to replace motor vehicle trips for residents, employees and visitors. The system will be owned and/or operated by the successful applicant for an initial term of one year, with the option to renew on an annual basis for four additional years with a desired launch date of summer 2021.

In 2020, the City of Boulder adopted an updated Dockless Bike Share Licensing Program ordinance and a new Shared E-scooter Licensing Program ordinance. These two ordinances, in conjunction with the corresponding City Manager Rules, provide the program requirements that will govern the overall operations of the shared micromobility program.

The City of Boulder’s overall goal for the Shared Micromobility Program is to provide community members safe, equitable and sustainable forms of transportation to improve quality of life, provide connections to transit and key destinations; and replace motor vehicle trips to reduce traffic congestion and transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.

The scope of work has been developed in tandem with several community partners, including, the University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder County and the Boulder Chamber. The requirements contained within the scope of work are applicable to the operation of shared devices on the campuses of the University of Colorado Boulder. 

The program will build upon the success of Boulder Bike Share, a non-profit organization, who is contracted with the City of Boulder to operate the B-Cycle docked, pedal bike system. Boulder Bike Share has been in operation since 2011 and while the dock-based system has done well to serve the Boulder community, the City of Boulder would like to review and evaluate new shared micromobility program proposals to include e-bikes and shared e-scooters.

RFP documents will be issued electronically only. The city will only accept electronic submissions in response to this RFP. Proposals shall be prepared at the submitter’s expense and becomes a city record and therefore a public record.

To view the RFP or submit your proposal online, please visit www.bidnetdirect.com/colorado. The submission deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021.

If you experience problems submitting your electronic response, please contact the Bidnet Direct technical support team at 800-835-4603 prior to the submission deadline. 

Learn more about micromobility in Boulder at bit.ly/3013Yht.

Published: March 1, 2021

Media Contacts: 

Samantha Glavin, Media Relations, 720-667-9480
DK Kemp, Transportation & Mobility Department, 303-441-1955