Are Electric Scooters Legal in Kansas?
An e-scooter is defined in KSA 8-1498 as a self-propelled vehicle that has at least two wheels in contact with the ground, an electric motor, handlebars, a brake, and a deck that is designed to be stood upon when riding.
All the rights and duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle apply to a cyclist and the operator of an e-scooter. The following are examples:
- Obey traffic control devices unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer
- Yield the right-of-way as indicated to other vehicles (stopping as necessary for emergency vehicles) and pedestrians.
- Exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian.
- A pedestrian has the right-of-way on any sidewalk
- Stop before crossing a sidewalk when emerging from an alley, building, private road, or driveway
- Speed must be reasonable and prudent for actual conditions. Obey speed limits and signal turns
There are no state wide helmet laws or age restrictions on electric scooters. Regulations regarding the safe operation of electric scooters and the presence of electric scooters on public property are governed by local authorities.