Scooter sharing programs are becoming increasingly popular among the “micro-mobility” landscape. “Micro-mobility” systems such as shared e-scooters, bikes and e-bikes, are alternate options for people to take small trips in typically urban environments. In 2018, e-scooters overtook bikes as the preferred way to get around, with more than 85,000 e-scooters available for use in about 100 U.S. cities.
So whether it is for pleasure, getting to work, or not having to worry about finding a parking spot, scooters are a viable way to get from point A to point B, but one must do so responsibly and safely. There are rules and regulations intended to keep riders and those around them safely. There are measures riders can take, like wearing a helmet and not riding on sidewalks, to ensure we all, well, go safely.
- Although not required for those 18 or older, wear a helmet.
- Take it to the streets: Do not ride on sidewalks.
- No hitching rides: Only one rider per scooter.
- Park scooters upright and away from people walking. Don’t block sidewalks, curb ramps, doors or driveways.
- Look out for others: Yield to those crossing the street.
- If there is a bike lane, use it.
- Follow the rules of the road: stop at stop signs, obey traffic signals, ride in the same direction of traffic, and yield to other vehicles and pedestrians.
- Never ride a scooter impaired.
- Eyes ahead, not on your phone.