E-Scooter & Micromobility Safety

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Follow the rules of the road.

Generally, all wheeled vehicles on the roadway in Georgia are expected to follow the rules of the road. This includes stopping for red lights and stop signs and giving the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Anyone operating a wheeled vehicle in the roadway can be cited for breaking the law.

When accessing sidewalks or crosswalks, users must walk with their e-powered vehicles. Sidewalks and crosswalks are reserved for pedestrian use and not for actively riding a scooter, skateboard, or hoverboard/one-wheel device. Remember to always park and store all gear in designated racks. Scooters left in the wrong areas often block railings and accessible pathways.

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Wear a helmet.

Head injuries are particularly dangerous for vulnerable road users and research shows that wearing a helmet makes a significant difference in the event of an accident.  Data illustrates that the clear majority of bicyclists who were involved in fatal accidents were not wearing helmets.  It’s simple, helmets save lives
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Look out for one another.

As a community, we Dawgs need to look out for each other.  Drivers in cars need to be aware of vulnerable road users and drive safely.  Additionally, pedestrians, cyclists, and riders of scooters, hoverboards, and skateboards need to do the same. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes it simple: “A large percentage of crashes can be avoided if motorists and cyclists [and scooter and hoverboard riders] follow the rules of the road and watch out for each other.”

Vulnerable Road Users in a Changing World

We are all witnessing an expansive change in the options available for personal transportation.   The choices used to be simple but now, electric scooters, skateboards, bicycles, and hoverboards/one-wheels are transforming how we navigate.

This trend is evident on our campus, where these alternatives are gaining popularity for their convenience and affordability. However, this freedom also comes with important safety considerations.

Experts refer to users of these devices as “vulnerable road users,” a population with a growing share of all U.S. roadway fatalities. In 2022 alone, more than 230,506 people in the United States visited an emergency room due to a scooter, skateboard, or hoverboard accident. An innumerable number of other accidents with minor injuries occurred that did not require immediate emergency care, underscoring the importance of caution and safety awareness.  

Together, we can have a positive impact on the safety of everyone using our roadways. Follow the rules of the road, wear a helmet, and look out for one another.