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The Yuma City Council introduced an ordinance at its Feb. 3, 2021 meeting to update the Yuma City Code in anticipation of the arrival of rentable electric scooters. The City urges residents and visitors to be aware of the applicable laws prior to using these scooters.
Over the past few years, the interest in shared mobility devices such as electric scooters has grown. Since these transportation devices present some operational issues requiring specific regulations for the City to address, staff presented to Council a complete replacement of Title 21, Chapter 213 of the Yuma City Code. The updated chapter addresses gaps in the existing code relating to electric scooters use and the operation of bicycles, electric bicycles, electric miniature scooters, electric skateboards, motorized play vehicles, and similar devices.
Rentable electric scooters could arrive in Yuma as soon as late February or early March. Riders of electric scooters will be expected to obey all traffic laws and regulations as well as exercise caution when operating. Here’s what to know if you decide to ride:
Who can Ride
- Riders must meet the age requirement determined by the vendor. Most companies renting electric scooters require riders to be 18 years of age or older.
Where to Ride
- At this time, the use of rentable electric scooters will be limited to sections of northern Yuma, including downtown (Interstate 8 to Avenue B, from the Colorado River to 8th Street).
- Electric scooters are allowed on sidewalks, multi-use paths, and streets where the speed limit is not greater than 35 mph.
- When riding on a sidewalk or multi-use path, riders should ride to the right, share the area with others, and always yield to pedestrians.
- Electric scooters will not be allowed in any area marked as a “No Ride” zone. When entering a “No Ride” zone, riders should dismount and walk their scooter through those areas.
Where to Park
- Scooters must be parked in an upright position and in a bicycle rack or electric scooter rack/area when available.
- Scooters can be parked on a sidewalk parallel to the street; however, riders should keep the walkway clear for others.
- Electric scooters cannot be parked on private property.
- Riders operating electric scooters at night must have the proper safety equipment.
- As with operating any other moving vehicle, it is illegal to ride an electric scooter while under the influence of any substance or substances as defined by Arizona law.