The answer is yes, and it’s actually the only option in some circumstances. According to the California Vehicle Code (CVC) §21230, people can ride e-scooters in bike lanes unless a local authority having jurisdiction over certain roads prohibits it. The same code also allows e-scooter riders to ride on bikeways and trails
When is it Required?
E-scooters are prohibited on the sidewalks which means the rider has to ride in the street. The law also prohibits e-scooter riders from riding on the street if the speed limit of that road is over 25. This means that if a bike lane is there and the speed limit is 30 or higher, then the only place to ride on that street is the bike lane.
If the scooter rider can keep up with traffic where the speed limit is 25 mph or less, then he or she can ride in the street with the cars, however, a scooter’s top legal speed is 15, so the only time this works is when traffic is congested or just going slow.
Other e-scooter rules:
- E-scooters must come equipped with a brake,
- Hanle bars must not be above the rider’s shoulders,
- When transporting a bag or a bundle, one hand must be on the handlebars at all times.
- Top speed limit for an e-scooter is 15 mph.
Always check the local rules in the town or community you live as the law allows local government agencies the right to change some scooter regulations.
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