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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Atlanta?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Electric scooters are permitted for use on the roads, in bike lanes, shared use paths, the BeltLine, and city parks. Riding on sidewalks is prohibited, and riders must follow all traffic laws. While there's no age limit for operating scooters set by the City of Atlanta, rental companies enforce their own age restrictions. Helmet use is strongly recommended but not mandated for riders over the age of 16. Operating scooters from dusk to dawn is generally not allowed. Scooters should be parked neatly without obstructing paths, doorways, driveways, crosswalks or landscaping, and should leave at least 5 feet of clear space on sidewalks.

Legal to operate. Cannot be ridden on the sidewalks. Must abide by traffic laws. No age limit for riding, however if renting an electric scooter: different companies have different age policies for rentals, so check with the specific company. Helmets are not required, but are strongly encouraged. Cannot operate a scooter from dusk to dawn.

-⠀Do NOT ride on the sidewalk
-⠀Do ride where bikes are allowed:
- bike lanes,
- on shared use paths including on the BeltLine and in City Parks
- on the street – in the rightmost lane
-⠀Do follow traffic laws
-⠀Do pay attention to where you’re riding
-⠀Do wear a helmet
-⠀Do ride one person per device
-⠀Do NOT use a cell phone while riding

Parking Rule of Thumb– Leave 5 feet & Keep it Neat
-⠀Do leave 5 feet clear for walking
-⠀Do NOT park on narrow sidewalks – keep riding until you find a good place to park
-⠀Do park at bike racks
-⠀Do park along the curb
-⠀Do park devices upright
-⠀Do NOT block crosswalks, doorways, driveways, or anything else!
-⠀Do NOT park at a Relay Bikeshare Station
-⠀Do NOT park on vegetation or landscaping
We strongly encourage you to use a helmet while riding a scooter or bike, but it is not required by law for adults over the age of 16. 
The City of Atlanta does not have an age requirement. However, each company sets their own age policy. Check with each company to verify their requirements.

Max Speed

15 mph

Minimum Age

Varies by rental company, typically 18 years to rent; no specific age limit for personal use set by the City of Atlanta.

Helmets Required? 

No, but recommended for safety.

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