Electric Scooters

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Scooter Parking

The safe operation of scooters help provide an important transportation device for the campus community. This website provides information on the following’

  1. Campus Rules and Guidelines for Scooter Operation
  2. Scooter Safety
  3. Scooter Parking

Campus Rules and Guidelines for Scooter Operation

Students, faculty, and staff who utilize electric scooters must operate them according to campus rules and regulations.

  • Scooters may only be operated in areas where bicycle traffic is allowed.
  • Scooters should be operated at a low speed in the presence of pedestrians and pedestrians always have the right of way.
  • Scooters must be operated in a safe manner and may be subject to citations if operated in manner determined to be reckless.
  • Scooters should be parked at bike racks or in designated scooter parking spaces/areas only.
  • There is a $150 impound fee for scooters. A scooter parked in the following locations may be impounded:
    • Sidewalk
    • Speedway Mall outside of designated scooter parking areas
    • Vehicle parking spaces (including ADA), on ADA ramps, stairwells, inside buildings, doorways, or other areas where they block egress or ingress
    • Main Mall outside of designated scooter parking spaces
    • Building courtyards
    • In front of, on top of, or attached to sidewalk amenities and landscaping, such as seating areas, kiosks, ATMs, mailboxes, news racks, trash receptacles, benches, and planted areas or features, such as tree wells or planting strips, except as allowed by marked SUMD parking areas or bicycle racks
    • Within 15 feet a fire hydrant or fire hose access points, emergency exits, or utility boxes.
  • There is no charging of commercial scooters on campus.
  • Scooter access is limited on home football game days and may be limited during other large scale events.

Scooter Safety

  • Scooters can provide an important tool especially in bridging the last mile of commutes to campus. For the university community to profit from this benefit requires the safe operation and parking of all scooters on campus.
  • Scooters need to be operated at low speeds on campus. Campus has very heavy pedestrian traffic, so it is imperative to operate slowly and always yield the right of way to pedestrians.
  • Scooters are responsible for following all the rules of the road. This includes, but is not limited to, stopping at stop signs and stop lights, yielding, and following the speed limit.
  • If you are unfamiliar with scooter operations, take time to look at operation and safety information provided by the scooter company that you use.   
  • Scooters can start very quickly for those unfamiliar, so start off slowly to keep the scooter from running out from under you.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings.
  • Scooters are meant for single riders only.
  • Don’t wear earbuds when operating a scooter.
  • Keep both hands on the scooter handle bar at all times.
  • PTS HIGHLY RECCOMENDS that you wear a helmet at all times when operating a scooter. Consider other protective gear as well such wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads. You can order a lot of safety gear through free Apps, available from many scooter companies for active riders. Typically, users only pay for shipping.
  • Don’t operate a scooter while impaired.
  • Use caution in pathways that cross.
  • Follow all UT-Austin parking rules.

Scooter Parking

To park properly in a scooter parking space, follow the diagrams below.

 

 

Head-In Parking

The small white lines are to be used as guides. Place the front scooter wheel between a pair of lines.

Parallel Parking

Scooters should be parked within the two end points of the scooter area. They should park in the direction with the front wheel in line with one white line and the back wheel in line with the other.

 

To park at bike racks, place the scooter as near to the rack as is practical, or in the rack if space allows. Be mindful not to impede pedestrian and ADA access.

Scooter Parking Locations

Click on a scooter icon in the map to see a photo of the location and the type of scooter parking provided there.

Scooters can also park at bike racks throughout campus. Check back for bike rack map.

Examples of Parking

DON'T park on sidewalks or poles blocking pedestrian and ADA pathways

DO park at nearby scooter parking areas and bike racks

DON'T park on ADA ramps and curb cuts

DO park in areas out of the way of pedestrian and ADA access near bike racks

DON'T park in the middle of a pedestrian plaza or sidewalk

DO park out of the way of foot traffic near building walls in designated scooter areas and near bike racks

DON'T block staircases

DO park to the side of stairs in designated scooter areas

DON'T park on sidewalks blocking access. This narrows a sidewalk too much for a wheelchair to use it

DO park near bike racks out of the way

DON'T park on streets

DO park in designated scooter areas near streets