Electric Scooters

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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 only.
  • 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

Scooters should park at bike racks.