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The Ultimate Guide to States Where Electric Scooters are Allowed

Electric scooters have become a popular means of transportation in the United States. These vehicles are eco-friendly, reducing carbon emissions while providing an easy and convenient way to navigate around urban areas. As a result, many states have passed laws to regulate the use of electric scooters. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the states that allow electric scooters and is regularly updated for your reference.

Currently, electric scooters are allowed in most states, but regulations and laws may differ. It's important to understand the specific rules of the state you're riding in to ensure you're operating these vehicles legally.

Here are some general guidelines for states that allow electric scooters:

California: Electric scooters are allowed on sidewalks, bike lanes, and some roads, but there are certain restrictions in place. Riders must be at least 16 years old, possess a valid driver's license, and wear a helmet. The maximum speed limit is 15 mph.

New York: Electric scooters became legal in April 2020. Riders must adhere to similar requirements as those in California. Additionally, the state's law prohibits riders from using devices on sidewalks and caps the scooter's maximum speed at 20 mph.

Florida: Electric scooters are permitted in the state, but riders must follow guidelines similar to other motorized vehicles such as bicycles. Scooters should be used on designated bike lanes and sidewalks when appropriate. Helmets are mandatory for riders under 16 years of age.

Texas: Electric scooters are allowed on sidewalks, bike lanes, and some streets in Texas. Similar to California, riders must be at least 16 years old and possess a valid driver's license. Wearing a helmet is required for those under 18, and the maximum speed limit is 15 mph.

Washington: Riders can use electric scooters on sidewalks and bike lanes if the scooter's maximum speed is up to 15 mph. Despite this, some cities have imposed additional restrictions or banned the devices.

Other states allowing electric scooters include Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, among others. However, the regulations may vary by city or county, so it's crucial to check your specific state's guidelines.

Please note that this information is subject to change, so stay up-to-date by checking local regulations and statutes.

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