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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Kansas City, Kansas?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

- Electric scooters and bikes must be operated on the street, and riders are required to use bike lanes when available. Sidewalk riding is prohibited to maintain pedestrian safety. - Helmet use, while not legally required, remains highly recommended by the city to minimize the risk of head injuries. - Riders are expected to park scooters and bikes near bike racks without obstructing pedestrian pathways, including business entrances and crosswalks. - A valid driver’s license is required for all electric scooter riders.

  • Riders may not operate bikes or electric scooters on sidewalks. They must ride in the street and keep to bike lanes wherever possible. Although it is not technically illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in Kansas City, it is generally easier for cyclists and safer for pedestrians if bikes remain on the road. Electric scooter riders may not use sidewalks.
  • Helmet use is encouraged, but not required. Helmets can help reduce the chances of fatal head injuries from crashes.
  • Riders should park their bikes and scooters close to existing bike parking racks. Riders must keep bikes and electric scooters away from entryways. This includes entrances to businesses, crosswalks, or anywhere else they could pose a tripping hazard to pedestrians.
  • Only riders with valid driver’s licenses may operate electric scooters.

Max Speed

Electric scooters should not exceed speed limits designed for bicycles in the area, which is typically around 20 mph, but local regulations may vary.

Minimum Age

Riders must have a valid driver's license, which typically means the minimum age is 16, but local requirements may vary.

Helmets Required? 

No, helmet use is not legally enforced but is strongly encouraged to reduce injury.

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