Are Electric Scooters Allowed on the Sidewalk?

Where you may drive an electric scooter is one of the most often asked topics regarding them. Can you drive it in a bike lane, on the sidewalk, or in regular traffic? You might anticipate that the answer is YES or NO, but the correct response is that it depends.

Know your local rules because they differ from state to state regarding the use of electric scooters.

Electric scooters are only permitted in bike lanes or on the right side of the road, next to the curb, in California. An electric scooter cannot be used on a sidewalk. Additionally, you have to walk the scooter across if you are crossing an intersection.

You have the option of riding it on the sidewalk, the bike lane, or the road in Texas. Do your research before you ride because there are some sidewalks in Austin, Texas that are off-limits to scooters.

You can only ride on the sidewalk in Colorado.

In Washington, DC, it is against the law to use a scooter on a sidewalk when a bike lane is available. On any National Park Service-managed sidewalk, you are allowed to use an electric scooter.

As a result, start by visiting the website of your state's Department of Motor Vehicles. You could get details about regional governments, state laws, and other topics. The local website will also offer information for bigger cities like NYC and San Francisco.

Ask the local police if you can't find the information online. They can no longer be made plain. Get the riding information over the phone instead of waiting until they arrive.

Fortunately, there are a few common laws that apply in every jurisdiction. For instance, if you are 16 or older, you are not required to wear a helmet. You may ride a motorcycle on a public road after you turn 16 years old. When biking on the road, stay alert.

Remember to keep an eye out for the cars and pedestrians around you if you have checked and are riding on the road. Turning signals are an excellent solution we have to make your ride safer. It can be mounted on the handlebar, and when the rider flicks a switch, the light signal blinks. You can easily purchase turn signal variants for less than $15 online, and they are simple to install.

Additionally, you can convey intent and direction through your body language. If your turn signal breaks, you have another option.

How is your state? Is it legal to use an e-scooter on the sidewalk? Any comments are welcome. Please check it before you get on the road if you are unsure.

Wishing you a pleasant ride on your e-scooter.