The most crucial e-scooter etiquette rules. The appropriate behavior when riding a scooter. Avoid any embarrassments.

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What e-scooter etiquette is

Scooter etiquette is the set of rules to properly ride an electric scooter.

General e-scooter etiquette principles

e-Scooter etiquette is based on two major underlying principles. 

  • Ensure road safety.
  • Facilitate traffic.

Apply extra care in circumstances that can present additional risk. 

  • Challenging weather.
  • Crowded areas.
  • Rush hour.
Scooter etiquette.How to ride a scooter. Etiquette principles to respect others while riding a scooter.

e-Scooter etiquette rules

1) Where it is appropriate to ride an e-scooter 

Research and follow the local rules. Some cities restrict or regulate the use of scooters. 

In some towns, scooters may be required to ride on bike lanes. While in other towns, scooters may be barred from such lanes. Similarly, some towns require you to wear a helmet, while others do not.

As a general rule, treat the scooter as an electric bike. When possible, ride on bike lanes. If you ride on the road, be respectful of traffic. Ride on the side of the road. Never ride a scooter on the sidewalk.

Follow obvious common-sense principles:

  • At night, turn the lights on.
  • Do not ride a scooter after drinking alcohol or while intoxicated.
  • Respect the speed limits.

2) How to manage your belongings on an e-scooter

Scooters are not appropriate for carrying bulky items. 

You can carry bags or backpacks, as long as you can carry them on your shoulders. Avoid larger bags that can cause you to lose balance.

Do not place any item on the scooter itself. You risk losing your balance or dropping the item in traffic. 

3) How to ride on an e-scooter

Stand straight. Keep both your feet on the scooter. Hold the handlebar with both hands. 

Avoid any other position. You risk losing balance or control of the scooter, or to harm others.

4) How to dress on an e-scooter

Avoid clothes that can be too revealing. 

Do not wear heels or uncomfortable shoes. You risk losing balance or being unable to ride properly. 

5) e-Scooter riding etiquette: respect others

Never ride on the sidewalk or in traffic-free areas. 

Always keep a minimum distance between yourself and others. At least one meter on your sides, 2 or 3 meters on your front and back. 

When you are about to turn, signal it with your arm. Do not make sudden turns or stops.

6) e-Scooter rules for kids

Make sure that your kids follow the same scooter rules as adults. 

Keep your kids under control. Do not let them ride a scooter unattended. Always have them wear a helmet and elbow and knee protection.

7) e-Scooter rules with pets

Do not ride a scooter with your pet on it. You risk your and your pet’s safety.

8) e-Scooter etiquette when you are not riding

Leave the scooter where it does not impede traffic or transit. 

Do not bring your scooter into closed places. Such as stores, bars, or the office

scooter etiquette mistakes

e-Scooter etiquette: the worst mistakes

The Rude Index identifies and ranks negative behaviors. 

A high score (8-10) means that the behavior has the potential to trigger a conflict with others. A medium score (4-7) means that the behavior risks making you look inelegant and unsophisticated. More about the Rude Index and its methodology here.  

Avoid the worst scooter etiquette mistakes. 

  • 10/10. Not respecting road rules.
  • 10/10. Riding a scooter while intoxicated.
  • 8/10. Carrying bulky or heavy items on a scooter.
  • 8/10. Parking the scooter where it impedes transit.
  • 4/10. Wearing too revealing clothes on a bike.


  • The challenges and dangers around the increased use of e-scooters in the UK: