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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Tallahassee?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Safety remains a priority for e-scooter riders in Tallahassee. While helmets are not mandatory for individuals aged 16 and over, they are strongly encouraged to prevent head injuries. For minors under 16, helmet usage is compulsory. The scooters' maximum operational speed is generally set at 15 mph, though it drops to 6 mph within designated slow zones like Cascades Park and Lake Ella, enhancing the safety of both pedestrians and riders. Scooters are allowed on sidewalks, bike lanes, and roadways, but must adhere to the same regulations that apply to cyclists as outlined in Florida Statute 316.2065. This includes utilizing bike lanes where available, riding close to the right-hand curb when on the road, taking care to overtake other road users safely, preparing for permitted turns, and yielding to pedestrians on sidewalks, always with an audible signal before passing.

 safety is of the upmost importance. Helmets, though not required, are highly recommended for those who choose to ride an e-scooter. The maximum speed of the e-scooters will be 15 miles per hour, and e-scooters will be allowed to travel along sidewalks, in bicycle lanes and on roads.
We have established slow zones (6 miles per hour) around and inside Cascades park and Lake Ella to ensure a peaceful coexistence been pedestrians and scooters.
E-scooters are authorized for use on sidewalks, in bike lanes and on the roadway. However, riders must follow the same rules as cyclists. This means following Florida Statute 316.2065.
For riding in the road or in a bicycle lane

  • If there is a bicycle lane, riders must use that lane.
  • If no lane is marked for bicycle use, riders must ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:
    • When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.
    • When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
    • When reasonably necessary to avoid any condition or potential conflict, including, but not limited to, a fixed or moving object, parked or moving vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, animal, surface hazard, turn lane, or substandard-width lane, which makes it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge or within a bicycle lane. For the purposes of this subsection, a "substandard-width lane" is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.
  • Any person operating a bicycle upon a one-way highway with two or more marked traffic lanes may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of such roadway as practicable.
    For riding on the sidewalk - Riders shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

Max Speed

15 mph, with slow zones set at 6 mph

Minimum Age

Helmets mandatory for riders under 16

Helmets Required? 

Yes for riders under 16, recommended for others

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