Ride a scooter

It's important to know the scooter riding rules.

How to ride a scooter

Scooter riding rules

Man riding scooter downtown Minneapolis

Always do the following

  • Wear a helmet
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Ride in the bike lane or with traffic
  • Follow the same traffic laws as bicyclists
  • Ride as close as safely possible to the right-hand side of the road

 

It's illegal to do the following

  • Ride on the sidewalk
  • Ride with more than one person on a scooter

Minnesota Statute 169.225 regulates scooter riding.

Where you can ride

  • Bike paths
  • Paths and trails (unless signs ban it)

Scooter rides outside of the City

Service areas

You can ride scooters in any city, including St. Paul and the suburbs. That is, if there's enough battery life. You're responsible for following the scooter rules and laws of the city you're riding in.

Once the ride ends

  • You cannot rent scooters left outside of Minneapolis
  • You cannot place another ride until you return the scooter to Minneapolis

Avoid the Clear Zone

Sidewalk clear zones

  • A sidewalk clear zone is an accessible main pedestrian path that runs alongside the street
  • The clear zone means there must be at least 4 feet of clear sidewalk space for everyone
  • The clear zone ensures that pedestrians have a safe, obstruction-free path

Scooter clear zone

Do not ride or park scooters in the clear zone. This helps keep those walking and rolling safe.

Follow the rules

scooter with a state law sign

We use many tools to enforce the scooter rules.

Data dashboards

Our data dashboards are build to:

  1. Show real-time location of idle scooters
  2. Check that scooter companies distribute the right amount of scooters. This includes not exceeding the max allowed.
  3. Watch 311 and other complaints daily

More ways we'll enforce the scooter rules

In the future, we may:

  • Place City staff and our partners on the streets to observe and educate scooter riders
  • Give citations for not following riding and parking rules. Enforcement would include both scooters and bikes.
  • Impound scooters
  • Lessen the amount of distributed scooters 
  • Suspend or revoke the scooter's company's license (if not complying with rules)

Contact us

Minneapolis 311

Hours

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday

See list of City holidays