Are Electric Scooters Legal in Wichita?
Stand Up Electric Scooter means a device with no more than two twelve-inch or smaller diameter wheels that have handlebars, is designated to be stood upon by the user, and is powered by an electric motor that is capable of propelling the device without human propulsion at a speed no more than twenty miles per hour on a paved level surface.
(a) The operation of stand up electric scooters shall be permitted upon a street, highway or roadway and on designated bicycle and multiuse paths and in designated areas.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a stand up electric scooter on the sidewalk.
(c) Every person riding a stand up electric scooter upon a street, highway or roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this Title except as to special ordinances so designated and except to those provisions of this code which by their nature can have no application.
d) Every person operating a standup electric scooter upon a street, highway or roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic shall ride as near to the right side of the street, highway or roadway as practicable except when: (1) Preparing to make a left turn at an intersection or into a private drive or roadway or (2) Reasonably necessary to avoid conditions including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or narrow width lanes that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand edge of the street, highway or roadway. For the purposes of this section, “Narrow width lane” means a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle or stand up electric scooter and a vehicle to travel safely side-by-side within the lane.
(e) Any person operating an electric stand up scooter upon a one-way street, highway or roadway with two or more marked traffic lanes may ride as near to the left side of the roadway as practicable.
(f) Persons riding stand up electric scooters upon a street, highway, or roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles or stand up electric scooters.
(g) Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a street, highway or roadway scooter riders shall use such path and shall not use the street, highway or roadway.
(h) No stand up electric scooter shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed or equipped. (i) It shall be unlawful for any person while riding a stand up electric scooter on the streets, highways, bicycle or multiuse paths of the City, to hitch or otherwise attach him or herself onto other moving vehicles.
(j) A person operating a stand up electric scooter across a street, highway or a roadway or along a crosswalk shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian and shall give the audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
(k) A person operating a stand up electric scooter across a roadway or along a crosswalk shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
(l) No person shall operate a stand up electric scooter upon the roadway, street, highway or bicycle or multiuse path between the hours of dusk or 9:00 P.M., whichever is later and sunrise.
(m) No person shall operate a stand up electric scooter at a speed of more than twenty (20) miles per hour.
(n) No person under the age of eighteen (18) shall operate or ride a stand up electric scooter or any public street, highway or roadway.
(o) Vehicle registration and driver’s license shall not be required for operation of a stand up electric scooter.