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Traveling short distances has never been easier than with an
electric scooter. You will be able to glide along, simply using
a battery for power - no pollution, no problem finding a parking
space, and no need to stop for fuel. Most electric scooters are
smooth to ride due to the wheels, which are the same type you would
find on skates. Just like with any vehicle, you need to use common
sense when riding, and always wear a helmet! In addition to all the
benefits of an electric scooter also come laws.
Electric scooters are legal although there are strict regulations
that govern their use. These regulations will vary from country to
country, state to state, and city to city. While some states have
no regulations whatsoever, most do. A majority of states do not
allow scooters on public streets for safety purposes. At only 10
mph, if you needed to dodge an oncoming car, you would not have
adequate time and therefore, could be hurt. Before riding your
electric scooter, check with the laws where you live.
To give you a couple of examples, in the state of California, you
cannot ride scooters on public streets as mentioned. In this state,
electric scooters are viewed just like an electric bicycle, meaning
you have to be at least 16 years of age and wear a helmet. While
some laws are in existence, new laws are constantly being refined.
Generally, the police will leave you alone as long as you ride
safely and courteously.
There have been some riders that are stopped by the police usually
because they are not riding with common sense and putting themselves
and others in harm's way. In addition to riding with common sense,
you should know the laws that state:
For the state of Washington, law enforcement has classified
electric scooters as illegal on streets AND sidewalks. On the
other hand, electric assisted bicycles are 100% legal. New York
laws view the electric scooter as a motorized vehicle. As you
can see, each state has a little different twist. Therefore,
before you ride and get in trouble, determine the areas where you
can and cannot ride your electric scooter.
- "Electric scooters have been ruled permissible on local transit, including BART"
- "A folding electric scooter may be considered as incidental luggage
for the purpose of boarding a BART train provided it is in the folded
position and carried by the rider at all times. Riders will be warned
or cited when the scooter is not folded. There is a ban on any type
of gas-operated scooter or bike on BART, folded or not."