Where Are Electric Scooters Legal? Electric Scooter Laws By State
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Where Is It Legal to Ride an Electric Scooter?
For states where electric scooters are legal, check out this graphic that includes states listed by speed limit and where it is illegal to ride on public roads or sidewalks.
One change noted by a thoughtful reader is that it's illegal to ride on sidewalks in California "except as may be necessary to enter or leave adjacent property" according to Vehicle Code § 21235(g).
Although many people think it's illegal to ride alongside pedestrians, it is only illegal in 11 states. Sometimes riding on the sidewalk is the safest option given limited road space when traveling with vehicles.
What Does Each State Require to Ride?
We always suggest you wear a helmet on an electric scooter, and that you upgrade to a full-face helmet whenever riding over 15 mph. If you'd like more information on which helmet is best for you, check out our comprehensive helmet guide and peruse our helmet database.
In the graphic below, you can see states organized by age, helmet, registration and license requirements.
Where Can You Find More Information?
Check out Unagi's comprehensive guide to electric scooter laws here.
On electric scooter laws and the changing landscape of micromobility, we echo Unagi's statement below:
In all cases, it is important that riders seek to take consideration for those around them—pedestrians, other riders, and even cars that might be caught off guard by unpredictable riding styles—as well as become informed as to the regulations and transportation cultures of their locality. UNAGI SCOOTERS
Thanks, Unagi Scooters, for the sweet guide to scooter laws.