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Electric Scooter Laws and Rules in Washington State

Navigating Electric Scooter Laws in Washington State


If you live in Washington State or are planning to visit, and you're interested in riding an electric scooterNavigating Electric Scooter Laws in Washington State If you live in Washington State or are planning to visit, and you're interested in riding an electric scooter, it's important to familiarize yourself with the state and local regulations governing their use.


Electric scooters are classified as Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device (EPAMD) under Washington State law. These devices must meet specific criteria, such as not exceeding a top speed of 20 miles per hour on level ground and must not exceed a weight of 100 pounds.


Statewide Regulations:



  1. Helmet Requirement: Washington State law requires riders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while operating an electric scooter.



  2. Sidewalks and Multi-Use Paths: While electric scooters are allowed on sidewalks and multi-use paths, riders must yield to pedestrians and provide an audible signal when overtaking or passing pedestrians.



  3. Roadways: Electric scooters are generally allowed on roadways with a speed limit of 35 mph or less. However, they must remain in the right-hand lane or on the shoulder, as far as practicable from the roadway's left edge.





  1. Parking: Electric scooters must be parked so as not to impede pedestrian or vehicle traffic.


It is worth noting that individual cities and municipalities within Washington State might have their own specific rules and regulations for electric scooters. As such, it's crucial to stay informed about any local ordinances where you plan to ride.


For example, in Seattle, electric scooters are allowed on streets with a speed limit of 25 mph or less and are strictly prohibited from riding on sidewalks. Tacoma, on the other hand, has a pilot program in place, allowing electric scooters on streets, bike lanes, and sidewalks outside of the downtown area, with a speed limit of 15 mph.


In conclusion, Washington State laws for riding electric scooters vary depending on your location, so research the local regulations before you ride. Remember to wear a helmet if you're under 18, follow proper sharing etiquette with pedestrians, obey speed limits, and always ride with caution.


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