Scoot Through Campus: New E-Scooter Safety Tips

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Russell Cothren - University Relations

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – E-scooters arrived on campus in the fall and as the weather trends warmer throughout the spring, their use on campus is expected to grow.

Safety is always a top priority for the U of A community, so as we welcome new transportation options on the Hill, we encourage our community to stay safe and be courteous. Scooters can be ridden almost anywhere, just like bicycles. E-scooters are programmed with a maximum speed of 15 mph and will automatically slow to 6 mph in designated "slow zones."

More information including parking tips can be found below and at safety.uark.edu.

General information

  • Scooters can be ridden anywhere bicycles are allowed, including streets and paved trails.
  • Riding is permitted on most sidewalks, riders must yield to pedestrians and use extra caution at crosswalks and driveways. No riding on sidewalks that abut a building face.
  • Scooter use is prohibited INSIDE of any building.
  • Helmets prevent head injuries and are strongly recommended.
  • Using a cellphone, headphones, earbuds or any similar device that impairs hearing is prohibited while riding a scooter.

Parking Reminders

  • Park scooters neatly at a bike rack.
  • Always stand scooters upright when parking.
  • Do not park scooters:
    • Blocking sidewalks
    • In handicapped zones
    • In flow of traffic/on street
    • In loading zone
    • On railroad tracks
    • In bus zones
    • On private property
    • In an entryway
    • In a driveway

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among fewer than 3 percent of colleges and universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Contacts

Dane Eifling, coordinator, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
Office for Sustainability
479-575-3715, deifling@uark.edu

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