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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Memphis?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Memphis, individuals using electric scooters are required to adhere to the same rules and regulations that apply to bicycles. This means riding on the road, not the sidewalks, and using bike lanes where they exist. Traffic laws, such as stopping at red lights and stop signs, must be obeyed. Riders should also be predictable in their actions to ensure safety for themselves and for others. Pedestrians have the right of way, so scooter users must yield to them. When parking scooters, users are asked to do so in a manner that does not obstruct pedestrian pathways or access to businesses.

The City of Memphis asks that those riding scooters Downtown:

  • Ride on the street, or in a bike lane if available (not on the sidewalk)
  • Obey traffic laws
  • Ride predictably
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Park respectfully

Permitted systems shall have visible language that notifies the user that: a) Helmet use is encouraged for all users while riding the bicycle or scooter and required for minors. b) Bicycles, electric-assist bicycles, or electric scooters are to be ridden on streets, and where available, in bike lanes and bike paths. c) When riding on a street, users must follow the rules of the road as one would in a motor vehicle. 

Max Speed

15 mph

Minimum Age

18 years old to rent, younger riders may use private scooters if allowed by their parents or legal guardians.

Helmets Required? 

Encouraged for all users, required for riders under 18 years of age.

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