Electric Motorized Scooters
Steps Riders Can Take to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19:
- We encourage you to disinfect the handlebars on a scooter before and after taking a ride, as you would with any shared or public surface.
- Sanitize or wash your hands before and after your ride. You can also wear gloves as a preventative measure.
- For more information about COVID-19 and the precautionary measures you can take, please review the City’s COVID-19 update page.
Rules for Riders
Rules for scooters are similar to those for bicycles. Scooters may operate in most places bicycles are allowed such as bike lanes, paved trails and in streets. Scooters may be ridden sidewalks except where the building face is adjacent to the sidewalk and riders must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks.
E-Scooters are programmed with maximum speed of 15 MPH and will automatically slow to 6 MPH in designated "slow zones". Click here to view a map of campus slow zones.
Below is an overview of general regulations.
- Minimum age for riding is 16 years old
- Scooters can be ridden anywhere bicycles are allowed, including streets and paved trails.
- Riding is permitted on most sidewalks, riders must yield to pedestrians and use extra caution at crosswalks and driveways. No riding on sidewalks that abut a building face.
- Use the bell to notify pedestrians of your approach before passing them.
- On roadways, scooters should travel to the right, unless making a left turn or where lanes are too narrow to safely accommodate scooter and autos side-by-side. Never ride against traffic.
- Scooter use is prohibited INSIDE of any building.
- Helmets prevent head injuries and are strongly recommended.
- Using a cellphone, headphones, earbuds or any similar device that impairs hearing is prohibited while riding a scooter.
- Scooter operators should not carry anything that would prevent them from having at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
- Scooter users must obey the same traffic laws as drivers.
- Always yield to pedestrians.
- Yield to vehicle traffic at crosswalks and intersections.
- Use the right lane when in the street and NEVER ride against traffic.
- Parked scooters should not block sidewalks, ramps, driveways, doorways, loading zones, public benches, ADA access, or transit stops.
- Scooters must be upright when parked.
- Scooters should not be parked in a way that could endanger pedestrians (such as parking with the platform jutting into the walkway, posing a tripping risk).
- Scooters may not be parked within five feet of a crosswalk or curb ramp, unless given specific permission by the City.
- On multi-use trails, scooters may park only at trailheads or at other areas designated by the City.
To report a mis-parked scooter or other problem
The quickest way to report a problem is via the scooter companies' apps. The apps for SPIN and VeoRide can be downloaded onto a smartphone from the app store. Both have the ability to Report an Issue (VeoRide’s is under Help). Their customer support numbers are:
Riding on the University of Arkansas Campus
For information on e-scooter rules and regulations on the UA campus, visit:
University of Arkansas: https://sustainability.uark.edu/transportation/alternatives.php