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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Austin?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Austin, riders of electric scooters and bicycles have the same rights and must follow the same rules as motor vehicle drivers, according to the Texas state transportation code and City of Austin code. Safety is paramount, so riders should ensure they are visible at night with a white front light and a rear red light or reflector, obey all traffic signals and signage, use hand signals when turning, and be cautious to not impede pedestrian paths. Scooters and bikes should not be parked in a way that obstructs traffic or damages property, and in the event of an accident involving injury or property damage, riders are expected to provide assistance and exchange contact information.

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Bicyclists and riders of micromobility (scooters, skateboards, or other compact devices designed for personal mobility) have the rights and are subject to all of the duties and regulations applicable to drivers of motor vehicles. By obeying the laws and riding predictably, you make it easier for everyone to share the road.


For more information on laws regarding bicycles and micromobility observed in Austin, you can read Texas state transportation code and City of Austin code in further detail.

  • On the road bicyclists and micromobility riders must obey the same traffic laws as motorists, unless directed otherwise by a police officer or traffic signals, street signs and facilities specific to bicycles and micromobility.
  • Children ages 17 and under are required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or micromobility device.
  • Riding a bicycle or micromobility device on a sidewalk is allowed, in a reasonable and prudent manner.
  • Using a portable electronic device when operating a bicycle or micromobility device in motion is prohibited.
  • Riding a bicycle or micromobility device with another rider or occupant is prohibited, unless the device has been designed to accommodate multiple riders.
  • Parked bicycles and micromobility devices must not impede or obstruct pedestrian traffic on sidewalk paths.
  • Parked bicycles and micromobility devices must not be attached to public or private property in a manner that may damage the property.
  • Riders who cause injury to a person or damage to property to provide reasonable assistance and give their name and contact information.
  • To be visible when riding at night, a bicycle must have (under Texas state law):
    • A front white light visible from at least 500 feet in the front
    • A red reflector or red light in the rear

Safety guidelines

With these guidelines, reduce your risk of collision or fines and help to show that bicycles and micromobility devices have a positive presence on Austin’s streets. Check out more bicycle safety tips (PDF) and scooter safety tips (PDF).

  • Always ride with traffic, never against it, unless specifically allowed such as in bicycle contraflow lanes.
  • Obey traffic signs and signals, and observe others’ right-of-way. Yield to pedestrians.
  • Use hand signals to tell motorist and pedestrians what you intend to do.
  • Don’t pass other vehicles within the same lane.
  • Don't ride more than two abreast (side-by-side).
  • Stay visible, predictable and assertive.
  • Control speed on Austin’s trails, if devices are allowed.

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Minimum Age

No specific minimum age for riding is cited in the available resources, but rental companies may have their own age restrictions

Helmets Required? 

Yes, for riders under the age of 18.

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