Portland is a great place to come and relax. Here you can find a great cup of coffee, craft brew, hard to find book or catch a show but how do you get around the PDX area? On foot? Thankfully, you can now rent e-scooters when you visit Portland.
About Portland’s E-Scooters
You may now take a seat.
Portland will soon have hundreds of seated electric scooters available to rent on city streets.
The Bureau of Transportation on Friday announced it approved permits for two companies, Razor and Shared, to operate a seated e-scooter fleet here.
The seated devices are the first so far in Portland, but at least one of the companies has fleets in eight other cities.
In a statement, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said Portland wanted to make the scooter fleet more accessible for people who might not be able to stand on the existing devices. “There is still a significant amount of work to be done to achieve equity in transportation,” she said, “but the addition of seated e-scooters to our local fleet opens up this mode of transport to many more Portlanders.”
The scooters are also an option for able-bodied riders who would rather sit than stand. The scooters have larger wheels and wider tires, according to a city statement. Riders must obey the same regulations in place for other devices, including a 15 mile per hour maximum speed and helmet and sidewalk laws.
Razor, a California-based company, may have as many as 525 vehicles. According to the company’s smart-phone app, scooters are already on Portland streets. Tacoma-based Shared may have up to 200 devices, but they don’t appear to be in town yet. Portland will be the first market for Shared.
With the two additional companies, Portland now has five companies approved to deploy a collective 1,975 scooter fleet in town. That’s still fewer devices than the more than 2,000 scooters permitted during the four-month trial period from 2018.
Rent Scooters In Portland
Now is the perfect time of year to rent an electric scooter, or traditional scooter in Portland Oregon. To get started with renting a scooter visit Scoot PDX or a scooter rental near you.