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Electric scooter rules and safe practices in Tulsa

Posted at 6:32 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 19:34:44-04

TULSA, OK (KJRH) — When electric scooters came to Tulsa, rules were put in place to make sure riders enjoyed them safely. Companies like Lime also have their own guidelines, but they mostly refer to local laws.

The electric scooter companies urge safety, and suggest following local helmet laws. Helmets aren’t required anywhere in Oklahoma for cyclists, but when it comes to minors in Tulsa, there’s an extra rule in the traffic code; the code says no one under 18 can drive or ride on a public road without a helmet.

In Tulsa, electric scooters must ride on the right side of the road, as close to the curb as possible, but can't travel on sidewalks. This is one of the rules not everyone knows about, and has lead to debate.

"I'd rather they be on sidewalks instead of the street," Tulsa native Chad Hawks said. "Safer for the kids on them, and safer for the people on them."

In Lime’s user agreement, it says you must be 18 years or older to get a subscription, or use the scooters. However, a parent can sign off on a minor user who’s at least 13 years old. Also, when you rent the scooter, you must be the only one using it.

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