Vanderbilt to offer dockless bike and scooter options on campus

Following Metro Nashville’s ordinance establishing a one-year pilot to allow dockless bike, electric bike and electric scooter companies to operate in Nashville, Vanderbilt will allow the same companies that obtain Metro certificates and also agree to Vanderbilt-specific guidelines to operate on campus starting Sept. 6.

“We worked closely with Metro on this issue and carefully considered the best solution for our campus community while balancing the need for pedestrian safety,” said Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor for administration. “Last year’s successful ofo pilot demonstrated high demand for dockless bikes, and we want to continue to provide mobility solutions for our students, faculty and staff to get to where they need to be in a fun, safe and efficient way.”

The options align with FutureVU’s mobility and transportation efforts to implement sustainable, accessible and diverse methods of transportation to better connect and integrate parts of campus.

“Seeing our community bike to class or work instead of driving is really exciting,” Kopstain said. “These options will help us work toward our goal of reducing our carbon footprint while allowing our campus culture to embrace vehicle alternatives that are flexible and convenient.”

Shared parking areas for dockless or electric bikes and scooters will be located throughout campus for riders to use to ensure pedestrian walkways remain clear and accessible. Riders should park bikes and scooters at designated parking locations only; however, bicyclists may also park bikes at university bike racks. Ramps, doorways, walkways and green spaces should remain clear at all times. Charging of electric bikes or scooters in university buildings will not be permitted so users are encouraged to note the public charging locations throughout campus.

For more information, such as participating companies, safety and etiquette, parking and electric charging station areas and more, visit the FutureVU website.