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Per the City’s Shared Micro-Mobility Permit Program Administrative Regulations, all e-scooters permitted for operations in San José must have technology that prevents the use of e-scooters on public sidewalks, unless the rider is entering an adjacent property from the street, as such action is unlawful under the California Vehicle Code. This requirement is effective as of July 1st, 2019. As e-scooter operators develop their plan to comply with this requirement, they should coordinate their efforts with the Department of Transportation.

Per the 12/5/2018 memo from Mayor Licarrdo and Councilmembers Peralez and Davis, City staff are to address concerns posed by e-scooter use by requiring technology to limit their speeds in select areas. In order to satisfy this requirement, operators must work in coordination with Department of Transportation to demonstrate that their scooters can decrease their speeds to four miles-per-hour, a speed at which e-scooter users may legally cross sidewalks from the street to access adjacent properties at speeds slow enough to minimize potential conflict with other sidewalk users.

The City will focus this effort in areas with higher densities of pedestrians and existing bicycle facilities. The initial area for this requirement corresponds with the City’s existing sidewalk bicycle riding ban in Section 11.04.031 of the San José Municipal Code. The Director of Transportation may expand this to other areas as necessary.

This requirement will be effective on the following street segments:

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Street between San Carlos Street and St. John Street
  • San Fernando Street between Cahill Street and 10th Street

The City is not prescribing the specific technology to be used. Rather, it is up to companies to determine what technology will be most effective at satisfying this requirement. Some technology may require additional permits from the City, including infrastructure installed in the right-of-way. Department of Transportation staff may help coordinate any necessary permitting processes. Additionally, the City encourages operators to work together on technology that requires infrastructure.

Sidewalk Technology Demonstration Schedule


Set Criteria and Process

Communicate Criteria and Process 



Permits and Installation (if applicable)


Ongoing Monitoring



Ongoing, group info session March

 March - June

May - June


July 1st

July 1st onward


Vendor website has requirements

Through website and individual vendor contact

Vendors work with City to develop proposals. City staff open for questions. Vendors submit a proposal to staff outlining how they will meet the requirements. Proposals must outline the concept, technical mechanism, and any impacts on public right-of-way. Proposals are required before demonstrations are approved.

Vendors demonstrate their ability to meet the requirements. Staff evaluates the demonstration and decides if it meets permits requirements.

For solutions that new hardware installed, city will aid in attaining permits. Installation must be funded and carried out by vendors.


Staff will establish a method of monitoring the implementation and success of sidewalk riding prohibition technology through its data feeds from the companies, complaint monitoring, and in person checks.

Contact with questions or for more information.