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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Des Moines?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In the absence of specific regulations at the city level, electric scooter users in Des Moines must adhere to the applicable state laws governing their operation. These rules lay out the necessary requirements concerning scooter usage, including aspects such as permissible areas of operation, speed limits, age requirements, and safety gear. Users are encouraged to stay updated with both state and local regulations, as policies may evolve to address the increasing popularity of electric scooters.

Currently no city specific ordinances exist. In this case the state laws currently in place offer the best reference to legality.

Max Speed

The max speed for electric scooters in Iowa is typically limited to 20 mph on flat ground without pedaling, but local regulations may vary.

Minimum Age

The minimum age to operate an electric scooter in Iowa is not specifically stated, but it is generally recommended that riders be at least 16 years old, with some rental services setting their own minimum age limits.

Helmets Required? 

State law does not mandate helmet use for electric scooter riders; however, it is highly recommended for safety, especially for minors and on busy roads.

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