Micro Mobility (Electric Motorized Scooters)
On July 24, 2019, the Electric Motorized Scooter Act, passed by the Arkansas General Assembly, went into effect. This act authorizes the deployment of electric motorized scooters and scooter-share programs throughout the State of Arkansas.
In order to be prepared for the arrival of motorized scooters in our community, the City of Fayetteville has passed Ordinance 6205, which lays out regulations for the public use of scooters, as well as for companies looking to deploy scooters in the City.
The City of Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas have been working in tandem to approve and issue vendor permits. Scooter-share companies must hold a valid City permit in order to acquire a permit approved by the University. Companies must renew their permits every six months to comply with local and state regulations. Permit fees are expected to total approximately $45,000 annually and the funds will be used to offset additional City and UA staff time associated with managing e-scooters. Funds will also be used to pay for bike and pedestrian infrastructure and safety initiatives.
For more information on rates and how to ride, visit the vendor's website:
For information on e-scooter rules and regulations on the UA campus, visit:
University of Arkansas: https://sustainability.uark.edu/transportation/alternatives.php
Rules for Riders
Scooters may operate in bicycle lanes, trails, on the right-hand side of the roadway, or on sidewalks except where the building face is adjacent to the sidewalk. Rules for scooters are similar to those for bicycles. Below is an overview of general regulations. For full text of the ordinance, click here.
- Yield to pedestrians and do not operate scooters on sidewalks where they may present a danger to pedestrians. Give an audible signal before passing pedestrians on sidewalks.
- In pedestrian crosswalks, and when emerging from a driveway or alley, scooters must yield to pedestrians and automobiles.
- Scooters should not exceed 15 mph.
- Scooter operators should not carry anything that would prevent them from having at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
- On roadways, scooters should travel at the far right, unless making a left turn or where lanes are too narrow to safely accommodate scooter and autos side-by-side.
- Parked scooters should not block sidewalks, ramps, driveways, doorways, loading zones, public benches, ADA access, or transit stops.
- Scooters must be upright when parked.
- Scooters should not be parked in a way that could endanger pedestrians (such as parking with the platform jutting into the walkway, posing a tripping risk).
- Scooters may not be parked within five feet of a crosswalk or curb ramp, unless given specific permission by the City.
- On multi-use trails, scooters may park only at trailheads or at other areas designated by the City.