Electric scooters are motor vehicles and drivers utilizing them must operate them in a safe manner, following the guidelines below.
Stay Safe on a Scooter
- Wear a helmet
- Observe all vehicular traffic regulations
- Don't wear earbuds
- Ride alone
- Don't text while driving
- Don't drink and drive
Scooter Operation Guidelines
- Scooter riders must adhere to traffic control devices and rules of the road applicable to motor vehicles under North Carolina state laws as prescribed in the General Statutes of North Carolina Chapter 20, Motor Vehicles.
- Gasoline-powered scooters may not be transported on Duke Transit buses, Duke Van Service, or Duke ADA vehicles.
- Scooters that can fold and fit under the seat of a Duke Transit vehicle and use sealed gel, lithium ion or NiCad batteries for power may be carried onto a Duke Transit bus, van or ADA vehicle and stowed under the seat.
- Scooters must be operated on the same side of the road as vehicular traffic.
- Scooter operators must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
- Scooters may only be operated in areas where bicycle traffic is allowed.
- The East Campus Quadrangle, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Abele Quadrangle and Bryan Center Plaza and the Athletic Department campus are dismount zones.
- Scooters should operate at low speed in the presence of pedestrians and pedestrians always have the right of way.
- Scooters should slow to a stop at all speed bumps and raised pedestrian crossings.
- Scooters may only be operated between 6am-11pm.
- Scooter rides must start and end adjacent to a bicycle rack except those in the dismount zones on the Abele Quadrangle and Bryan Center Plaza, the Athletic Department campus, Sarah P. Duke Gardens and the East Campus Quadrangle.
- Scooters must be parked upright adjacent to a bicycle rack and not impede pedestrians.
- Scooters may not be transported on Duke Transit buses, Duke Van Service, or Duke ADA vehicles.
- Scooters may not be charged on campus.
- Scooter availability may be dependent upon weather and other factors.
- Unauthorized scooters will be collected and charged a daily impound fee.
Scooter Parking Guidelines
When not in use, all scooters are required to be placed adjacent to a bike rack. When ending your trip, make sure that the scooter is adjacent to a rack in an upright position, and that it does not block:
- Pedestrian pathways
- Doors or access ramps
- Fire hydrants
- Scooters are not permitted in residence halls or other University buildings
- Scooters may not be ridden or parked in University parking garages