· Electric scooters and Hills
· Electric Scooter Information
· Electric Scooter Laws
· Electric Scooter Motor Size
· Electric Scooter Performance
· Fun Electric Scooters
· More Scooter Information
More and more people are starting to enjoy the fun and ease of scooters.
People are finding they can reach their destination for a fraction of the
cost of driving a car. While electric-assisted bicycles are under some
Federal legislation, the smaller electric scooters are not. Additionally,
local ordinances will vary from state to state with California and Oregon
being two states with permission laws.
To give you an example of the types of laws that govern electric scooters,
consider Seattle, Washington. In this particular city, the municipal codes
While the benefits of an electric scooter include ease, convenience,
support for the environment, and more, there have been risks as outlined
by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, CPSC. In fact, the CPSC has
provided several alerts regarding the number of accidents involving
small-wheeled scooters, which include electric scooters. The main risk
was with smaller children that were injured. The CPSC also advised that
the electric scooters designed with larger wheels and better braking
systems handled better and safer, although they could still be unsafe in
- Electric scooters must be ridden on arterials, not striped bike lanes,
neighborhood streets as long as the speed limit is not over 25 miles per
hour, and auto roadways and boulevards associated with parks.
- Electric scooters cannot be ridden on recreation or transportation
trails or any other multi-use trail, park pathways, or sidewalks.
Even with this small risk, the electric scooter continues to grow in
popularity. As time has passed, manufacturers have designed numerous
makes and models. Some of the scooter designs are advanced, providing
a superior level of quality in relation to performance. The scooters
ranging in the 180 to 250 watt class are generally the best choice for
flat surfaces and the scooters in the 350 or more watt class are better
for hilly areas. Just remember that the watts listed on the scooter are
not necessarily a valid indicator for the performance.
The largest group of people buying scooters is adults and parents,
actually buying the scooter for their kids. Most of these scooters are
used for short distances and recreational purposes. The mini-scooter
design has greatly evolved over a short time and in addition to being fun,
they are quiet, easy on the environment, and easy to use. When considering
the purchase of an electric scooter, you want to be sure to look into the
details of the scooter's service and product support and warranty.