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Posted on: November 1, 2019

City requests public input on Shared Active Transportation Vehicle operation in Surprise

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The city is now seeking community feedback on the deployment of vendor-owned, commercially-operated Shared Active Transportation Vehicles (SATV), commonly referred to as electric scooters (e-scooters) or electric-bicycles (e-bicycles), in Surprise.

The SATV Survey will be available during the SATV Pilot Program period, November 1, 2019 - April 28, 2020.

The purpose of the SATV Pilot Program is to gather and evaluate information pertaining to the use and deployment of SATVs as a transportation option in Surprise.

While there are currently no SATV vendors operating in Surprise at this time, the public is invited to share their input now, and again in the future should a vendor provide commercially rentable vehicles in the city.

Your opinion is important to the city and will help shape future city code related to SATVs.

View the SATV Temporary Ordinance 2019-26 

View the Regular City Council Meeting discussion pertaining to SATVs – October 1, 2019 

Basic Summary of SATV Ordinance

  • Deployment Areas & Parking Rules: 
    • SATVs will be permitted in entertainment, densely populated areas within the city of Surprise. A geographical scope (geo-fencing) will be defined to a common recreation area, generally defined as the Surprise Recreation Complex to Grand Avenue. See Boundary Map 
    • Deployment of SATVs will be prohibited in city/community parks, in front of residences, on sidewalks, in front of or on fire hydrants, and parking spaces reserved for motor vehicles. 
    • SATVs cannot block access to bicycle racks or entryways of commercial establishments
    • SATVs must be deployed upright, in groups of no more than 5, with a required 300 feet spacing in-between each deployment group
  • Quantity:
    • A maximum capacity of 100 SATVs total cannot be exceeded by all vendors
  • Time of Use Restrictions:
    • Hours of Operation are 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Vendors are required to pick up their SATV fleet every night
  • Safety Provisions & Rider Operation:
    • Only 1 rider permitted per SATV
    • Riders must be 18 years of age or older
    • Speed limits for SATVs shall not exceed 20 mph for e-bicycles and 12 mph for e-scooters
    • SATVs must be outfitted with reflectors and lights
    • SATVs must be ridden on the street or in bike lanes
    • SATVs cannot be ridden when utilizing a cross walk
    • SATV riders must yield to pedestrians and pass on the left
  • Vendors:
    • Vendors are required to obtain a permit from the city to establish operations with Surprise

Take the SATV Survey:

For more information about the Shared Active Transportation Vehicle Ordinance, please contact Harold Brady at

To report violations and misuse, please contact Code Enforcement at 623.222.1900.

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