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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Minneapolis?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Electric scooter riders in Minneapolis are required to adhere to the same traffic regulations as bicyclists. This includes the expectation to stop at all red lights and stop signs, yield to pedestrians, and follow lane usage rules. Scooters should be ridden in bike lanes or on the road, staying off sidewalks to ensure pedestrian safety. There are designated parking areas for scooters, and riders must park scooters upright in a manner that does not obstruct pedestrian or vehicle traffic. In particular, electric scooters should be parked at bike racks when available. The city encourages the use of helmets while riding, although they are not legally required. Riders are also encouraged to be cautious, especially when sharing the road with larger vehicles.

The scooter companies require renters to be 18 years old and have a valid drivers’ license
Finally, helmets are not required, but they are strongly suggested by both the scooter companies and the Cities.
The rules for scooters are similar to the rules for bicycles. Riders must follow all traffic laws, including stopping for red lights and stop signs as well as giving the right of way.

Max Speed

The maximum speed limit for electric scooters in Minneapolis is 15 mph.

Minimum Age

Scooter rental companies typically require users to be at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license to rent an electric scooter. Some companies may allow riders aged 16-17 with a valid license, but this may vary by provider.

Helmets Required? 

No, helmets are not legally required for electric scooter riders in Minneapolis, but their use is strongly recommended by the city and scooter companies for safety.

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