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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Knoxville?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Electric scooters are to be operated on the streets and are prohibited on sidewalks and greenways within Knoxville. The downtown area permits scooters, but they are excluded from Market Square, specific segments of Cumberland Avenue, and the Henley Bridge. Riders must be at least 16 years old and possess a form of valid identification. The maximum allowed speed is 15 mph, however, this limit may be reduced for safety reasons during special events. Scooters must be parked responsibly in areas designated for bicycle parking, ensuring they do not obstruct sidewalks, roadways, or pedestrian traffic. Violations related to improper parking or not adhering to traffic laws can result in fines.

Electric scooters must be ridden in the streets. They are not allowed on sidewalks or greenways.
The scooters can be ridden on downtown streets, but not on Market Square, sections of Cumberland Avenue, or the Henley Bridge.
Sixteen (16) years of age. You must have valid identification to rent a scooter.
Electric scooters can only travel at 15 mph. This speed can, and may, be reduced during special events
You can park a scooter adjacent to the rental bicycle holding area or park it where a bicycle could be safely parked. Please do not lay it across the sidewalk or road. Rather, park the scooter upright and out of the way of pedestrians and moving vehicles.
may be fined for leaving your scooter in a position that impedes pedestrian, bicycle, or motor vehicle traffic or other misuse. You may also be fined and ticketed for not complying with traffic rules and regulations.

Max Speed

15 mph

Minimum Age

16 years of age with valid identification

Helmets Required? 

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

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