Are Electric Scooters Legal in New York City?

You can operate an electric scooter or bicycle with electric assist on some streets and highways in New York State:

  • you can operate these devices on highways with a posted speed limit of 30 MPH or less
  • municipalities can further regulate the time, place and manner of operation of these devices
  • you cannot operate these devices on a sidewalk except as authorized by local law or ordinance
     An electric scooter or bicycle with electric assist cannot be registered but still may be operated on some streets and highways in New York State.
     Riders of electric scooters and throttle-controlled electric bicycles must be over 16. Helmets are required on scooters for those under 18, while on certain types of throttle-controlled bicycles everyone must wear a helmet.

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