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Electric Scooter Riding in Missouri: Sidewalk or Road?

With the increasing popularity of electric scooters, many riders are wondering about the rules and regulations surrounding their use in Missouri. In this article, we'll explore the legalities of riding electric scooters on sidewalks and roads in the state, as well as provide some safety tips to ensure you enjoy your ride.

Riding Electric Scooters in Missouri: The Basics

In general, electric scooters (also known as e-scooters) are considered motorized bicycles in the state of Missouri. This means that they are subject to the same laws and regulations as traditional bicycles. In terms of where riders can operate their electric scooter, Missouri law primarily distinguishes between roads and sidewalks.

Electric Scooter Use on Roads in Missouri

In Missouri, e-scooters are allowed on roads as long as they are equipped with proper safety equipment, such as front and rear reflector lights and a working horn or bell. Additionally, riders must obey all traffic laws, including stopping at stop signs and traffic signals and yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Electric riders should ride as close to the right-hand edge of the roadway as possible, but they can ride in the center of the lane if necessary to avoid hazards or if the road has a designated bicycle lane. When riding on a road with a speed limit of more than 30 mph, it's recommended that electric scooter riders use the bicycle lane whenever possible.

Electric Scooter Use on Sidewalks in Missouri

According to Missouri law, electric scooters are generally allowed on sidewalks unless a local ordinance prohibits their use. However, riders must yield the right of way to pedestrians and must give an audible signal before passing a pedestrian on a sidewalk.

It's important to note that certain cities and towns in Missouri have passed ordinances that restrict or prohibit the use of electric scooters on sidewalks, roads, or both. Before riding your scooter in a new area, it's a good idea to check with local authorities to ensure you're following the law.

Safety Tips for Electric Scooter Riders

Regardless of where you choose to ride your electric scooter in Missouri, taking a few simple safety precautions can help keep you and others safe on the roads and sidewalks:

  1. Wear a helmet and use proper safety equipment, such as lights and reflectors, to increase your visibility to motorists and pedestrians.

  2. Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert, especially in areas with heavy traffic or pedestrians.

  3. Follow all traffic laws and rules, including giving right of way, stopping at stop signs and traffic signals, and riding on the correct side of the road.

  4. Always signal your turns and use hand signals to communicate with motorists and pedestrians.

By following these tips and understanding the rules surrounding electric scooter use in Missouri, you can enjoy a safe and fun ride on your e-scooter whether you choose to cruise on the road or the sidewalk.

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