Scooter Safety

Overview
Man on scooter

E-scooters are a great way to get around, help the environment, get fresh air and avoid traffic. Keep these safety tips in mind to make sure you enjoy the ride!

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Ride with Care

  • Helmets reduce your chance of brain injuries in case of a crash.

  • Ride in bike lanes or in the street close to the curb. Don’t ride on sidewalks.

  • Park your scooter out of the street and out of the way of people walking. Park on the sidewalk close to the curb, or near dedicated bike or scooter parking areas.

  • Riders must be at least 18 years old, and only one rider per scooter is allowed.

  • Stop at all stop signs and red lights. All traffic laws apply to people riding scooters and drivers.

  • Go with the flow. Always ride in the same direction as traffic.

  • Every intersection is a crosswalk, even if unmarked. Always stop for people crossing the street.

  • Be alert. Put your cell phone away. Keep your eyes on the road and watch for other roadway users, including people walking and biking.

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Did you know?

  • 14 percent of all trips in Southern California are one mile or less. These short trips equate to less than a five-minute bike ride or 20-minute walk.

  • If you run errands by riding a scooter, bicycling or walking, you can save about 500 gallons of fuel and avoid releasing 10,000 pounds of CO2 into the air each year.

  • Some e-scooter companies (like Bird) offer free helmets to active riders. You can submit a request in the app.

  • 60 percent of car pollution happens in the first few minutes after you start your car.