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Understanding Helmet Laws for Scooter Riders in California

Riding electric scooters in California brings with it a set of regulations to ensure the safety of all road users, particularly the riders themselves. A frequently asked question is: Do you need a helmet to ride a scooter in California?


The Golden State, known for its sunny weather and bustling urban landscapes, is a great place for electric scooter enthusiasts. However, the state takes safety very seriously. As of January 1, 2019, California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 21235 was updated to state that individuals 18 years and older are no longer required to wear a helmet when riding an electric scooter As of January 1, 2019, California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 21235 was updated to state that individuals 18 years and older are no longer required to wear a helmet when riding an electric scooter on a public roadway. This law applies to stand-up electric scooters with a maximum speed of no more than 15 miles per hour.


However, for riders under the age of 18, helmet use is mandatory while riding electric scooters. Minors are required to wear a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards of either the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).


It's important to note that even though adults aren't legally mandated to wear helmets, it's highly advisable to do so. Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the severity of head injuries in case of an accident. Additionally, some cities or localities within California might have more stringent requirements, so it is crucial to check local ordinances before riding an electric scooter. Some electric scooter rental companies Some electric scooter rental companies also encourage or require riders to wear helmets, regardless of age.


Finally, while we address the question of helmet usage, always remember that following traffic laws, maintaining a safe speed, using bike lanes where available, and being aware of pedestrians and vehicles are also essential aspects of responsible electric scooter operation. Safety should always be a rider's top priority.


In conclusion, while helmets are not required by law for adult riders in California, they are for minors. For the best protection and to enjoy the growing culture of electric scooters in California, gearing up with a helmet is always a smart choice.


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