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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Chicago?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Electric scooters are legally allowed to operate on the streets and designated bike lanes in Chicago but remain strictly prohibited on sidewalks to maintain pedestrian safety. Riders are expected to comply with all applicable traffic laws. To ensure visibility and safety, scooters are required to be equipped with a bell or horn, front and rear lights, and efficient braking systems. When not in use, scooters must be parked responsibly to avoid causing obstructions on sidewalks, with a clearance that allows for unimpeded pedestrian access. Improper parking could be subject to penalties.

To ensure a safe riding environment, scooters will be prohibited from operating on the sidewalks and will be limited to a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour. The scooters also will be equipped with a warning bell, front and rear lights, hand and foot brakes, To minimize sidewalk clutter, scooters must be parked upright; away from street corners, bus stops, and buildings; and with a minimum six-foot clearance on the sidewalk

Max Speed

15 mph

Minimum Age

18 years without parental supervision, or 16 years with parental consent.

Helmets Required? 

No, helmets are not legally required for all ages, but recommended for safety.

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