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
Scooters may operate in bicycle lanes, trails, on the right-hand side of the roadway, or on sidewalks except where the building face is adjacent to the sidewalk. Rules for scooters are similar to those for bicycles. 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 at the far 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.
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