Electric scooters have arrived In Everett, Washington. The company is called LIME, and they have provided one hundred scooters to Everett starting in May 2019. Everett City code makes it clear electric scooters cannot be ridden on the sidewalks. Yet every day e-scooters are zooming along city sidewalks because most people have not made sure they know the law before renting a LIME electric scooter.
E-scooter drivers in the City of Everett must also wear a helmet and they can only be ridden from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunrise. They are no allowed to exceed 15 miles per hour, cannot be ridden on any city street that has a posted speed of over 25 mph, and all riders must be age 16 or older.
If you have any feedback for the City of Everett regarding your thoughts about electric scooters, you can submit feedback at Everett City Feedback re scooters.
The laws are different in Spokane, Washington, where there are 500 new Lime electric scooters available for use as of May 2019. The law in the City of Spokane states scooter drivers must ride in the street or in the bike lanes in the downtown core to avoid conflict with pedestrians on the sidewalks. See the map below.
Outside of this geofence, on streets with speed limits over 30 mph, scooters are allowed to be ridden on the sidewalk. Pedestrians beware!
The speed limit for scooters in Spokane is 15 mph. There is an exception for scooters within Riverfront Park, where the scooter speed will automatically reduce to 7 mph. If you are not aware of your location per the map and you experience the change in speed, you can easily lose control of your scooter and injure yourself and someone else. Helmets are not required in Spokane for Lime scooter users.
Love them or hate them, the electric scooters have been a huge hit in Spokane News Article. The City’s wheelshare program asks you to know your location, watch your speed, and ride safely. While the sidewalks are wide in downtown Spokane even outside the map zone, the dangers of electric scooters and pedestrians are obvious.
E-scooters present significant dangers to e-scooter drivers and pedestrians. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we are committed to helping those persons injured in e-scooter accidents and collisions. If you have been injured in an electric scooter accident, please call us for a free consultation to discuss all your options. Our personal injury attorney can get you maximum compensation for your injuries.