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Understanding Sidewalk Riding Laws for Electric Scooters in California

Whether you're a local resident or a visitor to the Golden State, understanding the rules governing electric scooters is essential for a safe and lawful ride. One common question that arises among electric scooter enthusiasts is: Can you ride electric scooters on the sidewalk in California??


The straightforward answer is no. In the state of California, it's illegal to ride electric scooters on the sidewalk. According to California Vehicle Code (CVC) 21235, electric scooters must be operated on the roadway or the bike lane. This law was designed with both pedestrian safety and rider safety in mind.


Riders are required to follow the same rules that apply to bicycles, which means you should ride your electric scooter in the same direction as traffic flow and adhere to all traffic signals and stop signs. When operating an electric scooter, make sure you're equipped with the necessary safety gear, such as a helmet if you're under the age of 18, and maintain a speed limit of 15 mph or less, which is the legal limit for electric scooters in California.


Moreover, each city within California may have its own additional regulations regarding electric scooters. It's crucial to check local ordinances in places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, or San Diego, as these cities might have specific rules that cater to their unique traffic environments.


For anyone looking to commute, enjoy the scenery, or simply have fun riding an electric scooter in California, abiding by these laws isn't just a matter of legality; it's also about respecting the safety of pedestrians and fellow riders. So, keep off the sidewalks, suit up with appropriate safety gear, and enjoy the ride while adhering to the state's regulations.


To sum up, remember that the key to a responsible and enjoyable electric scooter experience in California is to stay informed about the laws and to always prioritize safety for yourself and others.


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