Chicago E-Scooters: Do’s & Don’ts

Published on September 19th, 2023

The Chicago Department of Transporation put out an e-scooter pilot evaluation in January of 2020. The evaluation went over many things being taken into consideration for future laws and regulations regarding e-scooters.

While most of the evaluation consisted of raw data and demographics, there were a few great takeaways for e-scooter users (and the pedestrians & drivers around them).

The Do’s & Don’ts of E-Scooter Use

CDoT printed a nice image in their e-scooter pilot evaluation about general do’s and don’ts.

Chicago Escooter Do's and Don'ts. Image of the Do's and Don'ts provided by the Chicago Department of Transportation.

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This image, however, is missing some crucial information when it comes to what users and pedestrians should know about e-scooters. Let’s take a closer look.

E-Scooter Do’s

Safety Gear

Always wear a helmet when riding an e-scooter. Consider additional safety gear like knee and elbow pads, especially if you’re new to riding.

Familiarize Yourself with Your E-Scooter

Before riding, take a moment to understand the scooter’s controls, including the throttle, brakes, and lights. Test the brakes to ensure they are working properly.

Regular E-Scooter Maintenance

Check the scooter for any visible damage or issues before you start your ride. If you notice any problems, report them to the e-scooter provider and choose a different scooter.

Obey Traffic Laws

Follow all traffic laws and rules of the road. This includes obeying traffic signals, signs, and lane markings. Ride in the same direction as traffic, and use hand signals when turning.

Be Cautious at Intersections

Exercise extra caution when approaching and crossing intersections. Motorists may not always be aware of e-scooter riders, so be visible and alert.

Yield to Pedestrians

Always yield the right of way to pedestrians, whether you’re riding on the sidewalk or in a bike lane.

Ride Defensively

Assume that others may not see you, and be prepared to react quickly to potential hazards. Keep a safe following distance from vehicles and avoid weaving in and out of traffic.

Use Bike Lanes When Available

Whenever possible, ride in designated bike lanes or shared lanes. This helps improve safety and visibility.

Park Courteously

When you’re finished with your ride, park the e-scooter in a designated parking area or in a way that doesn’t obstruct pedestrian pathways. Follow the provider’s parking guidelines.

Always Be Mindful of Pedestrians

When passing pedestrians, slow down and give them plenty of space. Announce your presence with a bell or a friendly “passing on your left” if necessary.

E-Scooter Don’ts

The following are all things you should never do while riding an e-scooter.

Ride on the Sidewalk

Riding e-scooters on sidewalks is prohibited. If there are any areas where sidewalk-riding is allowed, keep your speed low and yield to pedestrians.

Ride Without a Helmet

Always wear a helmet when riding an e-scooter. It significantly reduces the risk of head injuries.

Ride Under the Influence

Never ride an e-scooter under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impaired riding is dangerous and illegal.

Double Ride

Most e-scooters are designed for one rider only. Riding with a passenger can be unsafe and may damage the scooter.

Ignore Safety Alerts

If the e-scooter has a safety alert or warning displayed on its app or console, take it seriously. It may indicate a technical issue that needs attention.


Avoid speeding or riding at speeds that are unsafe for the conditions. Be especially cautious when riding downhill.

Ignore Local Regulations

Be aware of and comply with local laws and regulations related to e-scooter use. Ignorance of the rules is not an excuse.

Ignore Issues

If you encounter a malfunctioning scooter or notice a problem during your ride, report it to the e-scooter provider immediately.

Forget to Lock Your Scooter

Many e-scooters have a locking feature when not in use. Lock the scooter to prevent unauthorized use and potential theft.

Transport Large Items

Avoid carrying large or heavy items that could affect your balance and control of the scooter.

Ride Cautiously & Be Aware

Riding an electric scooter (e-scooter) can be a convenient and fun way to get around, but it’s important to do so safely and responsibly. Riding irresponsibly can lead to accidents, injury, and worse.

Following some simple do’s and don’ts will help ensure your safety and the safety of others while riding an e-scooter. Always prioritize responsible and considerate riding habits. If you are ever unsure about a riding practice, don’t hesitate to call your scooter manufacturer or CDoT for information regarding your scooter and the law.

Contact an Illinois E-Scooter Attorney Today

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