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Posted on: June 16, 2021

Updated state law to permit motorized foot scooters on sidewalks

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SPEARFISH, SD – An updated state law that goes into effect July 1 adds motorized foot scooters to the list of vehicles permitted on sidewalks.

House Bill 1192 added motorized foot scooters to the list of vehicles in SDCL 32-26-21.1, including bicycles and electric personal assistive devices, permitted to drive on sidewalks. All other vehicles are prohibited from driving on sidewalks.

The law defines “motorized foot scooter” as “a wheeled conveyance, with handlebars, designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, and powered by an electric motor that is capable of propelling the device with or without human propulsion,” having no more than two 12-inch or smaller diameter wheels, with a motor that is capable of a maximum speed of 15 mph. The law adds, “An electric bicycle is not a motorized foot scooter.”

Included in the statute is language describing that a municipality’s governing body may restrict allowed vehicles from operating upon a sidewalk or sidewalk area. 

“We’ll be monitoring the impact as the law goes into effect, evaluating motorized foot scooter traffic on sidewalks and rec paths,” Public Safety Director Pat Rotert said. “Like all users sharing these spaces, those using motorized foot scooters should be aware of their surroundings, yield to pedestrians, and be considerate when passing others, dogs on leashes, etc., on sidewalks and the rec path.”    

The text of the law is available here.  

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