Keep safety in mind as scooters return to campus

With the start of the fall semester coming soon, great numbers of electric scooters will be mingling with pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. At the beginning of the spring 2019 semester, the university implemented measures to help prevent injuries and reduce confusion. Here are a few reminders:

Electric scooters may be used by campus visitors, students, staff and faculty. Those who use these scooters must operate them according to campus rules and regulations.

  • Electric scooters may only be operated in areas where bicycle traffic is allowed.
  • Scooters should be operated at a low speed on campus at all times. Heavy pedestrian traffic on campus makes it imperative to operate slowly and always yield the right of way to pedestrians.
  • Electric scooters are responsible for following all the rules of the road. This includes stopping at stop signs and stop lights, yielding, and following the speed limit. Scooters must be operated in a safe manner and riders may be given a citation if operating a scooter in a manner determined to be reckless.
  • Scooters should be parked at bike racks or in designated scooter parking spaces/areas only.

If driving or walking on campus, be mindful that although scooter speed is automatically limited to 8 miles per hour in core areas of campus, scooters can still move quickly and quietly. Be particularly aware when crossing intersections.

For more information about rules, guidelines, safety and parking for electric scooters, visit Parking and Transportation Services’ Electric Scooters web page.

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Aug. 15, 2019