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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Thinking of using an e-scooter? What you need to know.

Recently you may have noticed electric scooters around the City.  These newly introduced modes of transportation have been growing in usage and popularity in communities everywhere.  While using electric scooters that are either shared or privately owned, riders need to be aware of the California Vehicle Code laws that apply.  According to the most recent law, users may not operate a  motorized scooter:

  • Unless it is equipped with a safe braking system.
  • On a roadway with a posted speed limit above 25 miles per hour, unless the motorized scooter is operated within a painted bike lane.
  • At speeds faster than 15 mile per hour.
  • Without wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet meeting safety standards, if the operator is under 18 years of age.
  • Without a valid driver’s license or instruction permit.
  • With any passengers in addition to the operator.
  • Carrying any package, bundle, or article that prevents the operator from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.
  • Upon a sidewalk.  Operators also may not leave a motorized scooter lying on its side on any sidewalk, or park a motorized     scooter on a sidewalk in any other position, so that there is not an adequate path for pedestrian traffic.
  • Attach the motorized scooter or himself or herself while on the roadway, by any means, to any other vehicle on the roadway

In addition to these specific laws users must observe all stop signs and traffic signals.  It is important that electric scooter riders use them in a manner that is safe to them and their fellow citizens.