City of Reno

Staff Report

Staff Report (For Possible Action): Acceptance of donation funds to research and evaluate electric scooter program models and draft agreements, permits and/or ordinances from the City of Sparks ($2,000), Washoe County ($2,500), and University of Nevada, Reno ($500) in the total amount of $5,000.


Department:City Manager's OfficeSponsors:
Category:Receipt of DonationProjects:Other

Recommendation and Proposed Motion

Recommendation:  Staff recommends Council accept the funds of $2,000 from the City of Sparks, $2,500 from Washoe County, and $500 from the University of Nevada, Reno.


Proposed Motion: I approve staff recommendation.

Staff Report Formal Body

Summary:  The City of Sparks, Washoe County, and University of Nevada, Reno have agreed to share in the cost of hiring Bantam Strategies to support efforts to evaluate the feasibility of an electric scooter share pilot program in the Truckee Meadows region. The City of Reno contributed $5,000; Sparks will contribute $2,000, Washoe County - $2,500, and the University of Nevada, Reno - $500. The cost share was determined by population and based on the consultant fee.  


Discussion:  Council directed staff to research and recommend models for implementing an electric scooter share pilot program, and to assess health and public safety concerns related to electric scooter share use. The City of Reno is collaborating with the City of Sparks, Washoe County, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, the University of Nevada, Reno, and RTC to evaluate the feasibility, model, and safety concerns of launching an electric scooter share program in the Truckee Meadow Region.


Previous Council Action:


·         July 31, 2019 – Council unanimously adopted the City of Reno’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.

·         March 13, 2019 – Council elected not to approve an extension of the Bike Share Franchise Agreement.

·         January 9, 2019 – Lime provided a quarterly update, and Council directed staff to extend the franchise agreement for one year.

·         September 12, 2018 – Lime provided a quarterly update to Council on how bikeshare has been utilized in the City of Reno.

·         August 22, 2018 – Council provided comment and accepted the Draft Sustainability and Climate Action Plan that outlined a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated by the transportation sector that included a strategy to “Expand Mobility Options through Bikeshare and Provide Equitable Access to Bikeshare Services.”

·         April 11, 2018 – the City of Reno executed the Exclusive Agreement for Dockless Bike Share between the City of Reno and LimeBike. The agreement granted LimeBike the exclusive right and obligation to install, operate, manage, and maintain a dockless bike share system within the geographic limits of the City of Reno for the purpose of a pilot program.

·         December 13, 2017 – Council provided direction to staff to launch a dockless bikeshare pilot program and approved support from the RTC Transportation Alternatives grant application for support of the regional bikeshare program.


Financial Implications:  The $5,000 in grant funds will augment $5,000 of City of Reno funds, and will be restricted for the purpose in which they were awarded


Legal Implications:  Legal review completed for compliance with City procedures and Nevada Law. NRS 268.008(6) provides that the city may "Receive bequests, devises, gifts and donations of all kinds of property wherever situated in fee simple, in trust or otherwise, for charitable or other purposes and do anything necessary to carry out the purposes of such bequests, devises, gifts and donations with full power to manage, sell, lease or otherwise dispose of such property in accordance with the terms of such bequest, devise, gift or donation."


Meeting History

Aug 26, 2019 10:00 AM Video Reno City Council & Redevelopment Agency Board Joint Regular
MOVER:Devon Reese, Councilmember
SECONDER:Naomi Duerr, Councilmember
AYES:Bonnie Weber, Devon Reese, Hillary Schieve, Naomi Duerr, Oscar Delgado, Neoma Jardon
ABSENT:Jenny Brekhus