Scooter Safety On Campus

Attention Campus Community:

Parking and Transportation Services would like to welcome all new students and employees and offer a reminder to the entire campus community who utilize private or commercial scooters that they must be operated according to campus rules and regulations.

Scooter Safety Rules

Help ensure safety for users, pedestrians, bicyclists, and others by observing the following safety rules:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and operate scooters safely.
  • Pedestrians always have priority right of way. Scooters are required to yield to pedestrian traffic.
  • Scooters should be operated at a low speed in the presence of pedestrians.
  • Scooters may only be operated in areas where bicycle traffic is allowed.
  • Scooters should not be operated on sidewalks unless traveling to or from a bicycle rack or scooter box parking area.
  • UTPD treats scooter users as cyclists. They seek voluntary compliance and safety first. However, if they see dangerous scooter use, they will enforce state traffic laws. An example of unsafe use is recklessly riding a scooter where there is a large number of pedestrians.
  • Wear helmets and follow other safety guidance.
  • Be aware of geofencing areas where commercial scooter speeds are automatically reduced to 8 mph.
  • Electric scooters and electric bicycles are not permitted beyond check points when football game day traffic restrictions are in effect.

Scooter Parking Regulations

Don’t get a scooter impounded because you didn’t park correctly. Commercial scooter companies may pass fees from $75 to $150 or more onto users for any scooter impounded. Prevent impound fees and keep campus accessible by observing the following parking regulations:

  • Scooters should be parked at scooter parking boxes or near bicycle racks, so they don't block access or impede pedestrian traffic. Please be mindful that this is a shared space with bicycles. Park in a manner that still allows cyclists to access the bicycle racks.
  • Scooters may not be parked in pedestrian pathways, vehicle parking spaces (including ADA), on ADA ramps, stairwells, inside buildings, doorways, or other areas where they block egress or ingress. On home football game days, they may not park beyond the check points.
Sept. 3, 2019