Riding an e-scooter is a fast, easy way to get from class to class, run errands, and even a short commute. They are a great option for students, employees, and visitors to Colorado State University.
Follow the guidelines below for operating and parking Bird shared scooters, or your privately-owned electric or gas-powered scooter, on campus.
Bird E-Scooter Share
CSU and the City of Fort Collins welcomed Bird as the sole provider of shared electric scooters in Fort Collins on October 23 for a one-year pilot (Source story). These e-scooters are available for rent through the Bird app.
Rides are $1 to start, + $0.33/minute.
Bird offers two equity pricing programs:
- Bird Access for low-income riders that provides the first 50 rides per month of 30 minutes or less free of charge.
- Red, White, and Blue program that enables active duty U.S. military service members and veterans to ride without the initial $1 base fee.
How to Ride
- Find a Bird Nearby: Download the Bird app and use the map to find your closest Bird. Walk to it or reserve the vehicle for later.
- Hop on and go: Scan the Bird’s QR code to start. Place one foot on the Bird, push off with the other, and press the throttle to fly
- Obey Dismount and Slow Zones: Do not ride or park in the Center Ave Mall Dismount Zone.
- Park with care: Check the map in the Bird app for your nearest parking area, including all bike racks and special scooter parking zones. Use the kickstand and avoid ramps or sidewalks.
E-scooter Rules of the Road
- Allowed on bike trails and in bike lanes on campus
- Required to follow all campus traffic laws and regulations
- Required to stop at stop signs
- Required to use hand signals to signal direction
- Required to be slowed to 8 mph in Slow Zones and walked through Dismount Zones on campus
- Required to be registered with CSUPD if personally owned
- Required to be parked upright at bike racks or designated scooter parking areas
- Fun and convenient – when ridden legally and safely!
E-Scooters are NOT:
- Allowed on campus sidewalks
- Allowed inside campus buildings – either for storage or charging
- Allowed on city bike trails off campus
- Immune from traffic regulations or fines
- To be ridden through Dismount Zones
- Allowed on city buses, including MAX and Around the Horn
- To be ridden dangerously or carelessly
To report careless riding or disruptive parking of e-scooters, please call the CSU Police Department non-emergency line at (970) 491-6425. For more information on rules and regulations, please visit: police.colostate.edu/bike-traffic/
Bird: Help is just a tap away in the Bird app. Questions, issues, or just want to chat? Give us a call: (866) 205-2442 or email email@example.com
Individuals can also report any poorly parked Birds or damaged Birds to the company through Community Mode, an in-app reporting feature available to anyone who has the Bird app downloaded.
CSU: Alternative Transportation Manager, Aaron Fodge: (970) 491-2823, firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-emergency Police (970)491-6425
City of Fort Collins: Transportation Planner, Amanda Mansfield: (970) 416-2040, email@example.com
For E-Scooter Owners
Privately-owned electric scooters are treated as bicycles on the CSU campus. As such, e-scooter owners should do the following:
- Register their e-scooter with the CSU Police ($10 one-time fee)
- Park at bike racks and use a lock
- Operate their e-scooter in bike lanes and shared use paths on campus (not on sidewalks)
- Obey dismount and slow zones
Colorado State University considers motorcycles and gas-powered scooters governed by all regulations applicable to other motor vehicles. In addition, CSU regulations apply:
- When parked in an area where a CSU parking permit is required, motorcycles and gas-power scooters must be parked in stalls specifically signed for motorcycle parking. The motorcycle or scooter must display the university’s motorcycle parking permit so that it can be easily seen, the permit must be correctly linked to a valid CSU parking permit, and the permit must be permanently affixed to the front headlight, windshield, license plate frame, or rear fender.
- When parked in metered, short term and hourly stalls, motorcycles and low-power scooters may be parked in regular vehicle parking spaces if you pay for time at a pay station or meter.
- Gas-power scooters, mopeds, and gas-motorized bicycles are prohibited from parking at bicycle racks, and are not allowed on shared or separated bicycle or pedestrian trails on campus.