Are Electric Scooters Legal in Milwaukee?
How does the law treat electric scooters? For starters, many of the rules related to e-scooters are the same as bicycles. For example, riders need to follow the rules of the road. Riders are expected to use hand signals to indicate turns, though they don’t need to do so if both hands are required for the turn. And while electric scooters are motorized, they are exempt from motor vehicle registration requirements.
At the state level, electric scooters can be operated on both sidewalks and roadways. But Milwaukee, for example, expressly prohibits the operation of e-scooters on the sidewalk. And no one may operate an electric scooter on an expressway or freeway (more on that below). There has been some backlash in Milwaukee about people not following the rules. In fact, Mayor Barrett temporarily halted the electric scooter program in early August due to users riding on the sidewalks. And on August 19, Marquette University banned electric scooters from campus. Despite some of these restrictions, it appears however that e-scooters are here to stay.
To be clear, it is illegal to operate e-scooters on a freeway or expressway. The penalty range for violating this law is a fine between $30-$300. If you receive a citation from police related to your operation of an electric scooter, we can help you out.
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