What Risk Do E-Scooters Pose To Bikes?

On Behalf of | Jan 15, 2021 | Bicycle Accidents |

Bike lanes present a space for bicyclists to travel without having to maneuver around pedestrians while providing them with a space somewhat separated from vehicle traffic. The protection afforded by these bike lanes is an ever-changing state, with the density of traffic, speed and obstacles on the road all contributing to that safety level. 

Understand the restrictions for E-scooters

Electric scooter riders are, in most areas, permitted to use bike lanes for travel. Sharing a bike lane can be difficult with electric scooter riders. The wide variety of companies providing rental scooters around Los Angeles means that many riders may be unaware of the rules or may even engage in risky behaviors while commuting around the city. It’s a common sight to see multiple riders on one scooter, riders moving at excess speeds, and weaving in unsafe manners. This lack of experience and ignorance of regulations can present a substantial hazard for bicyclists. Here are some of the rules that e-scooter riders need to abide by:

  • Riders under age 18 have to wear a helmet. 
  • The maximum speed for riders is 15 mph.
  • Electric scooters are allowed to ride in bike lanes. 
  • Only one person can be on a scooter at a time, and that person has to have a valid driver’s license.
  • Riders have to dismount and walk when they approach a left turn. 
  • They have to abide by the standard crosswalk regulations. 
  • Rules that apply to other motorized vehicles often apply to electric scooters.

Protecting your commute path

Sharing the road is challenging enough with other bikes and passenger vehicles, that any addition could present a real danger to bicyclists. If you were injured in a accident with an electric scooter rider, the injuries you sustained could take significant resources for rehabilitative treatment and lost wage potential. Riders need to do whatevery they can to get back on the road.