e-Scooters, Bird Rides
Bay City has partnered with shared electric scooter company Bird Rides (www.bird.co) to bring e-scooters to the city. Bird is a naturally socially distanced way to get around. The scooters are available through a mobile phone application where riders pay to use the scooter per minute, at no cost to the city. Find out more about these electronic scooters at our website here: https://www.baycitymi.org/730/e-Scooters-aka-Bird-Rides
The popularity of the new electric scooters around Bay City is apparent, especially in the downtown area. The Bay City Department of Public Safety is working to ensure that the scooters are being used in a safe and legal manner. Below are some of the applicable laws from the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code; 257.658, 257.660 and 257.662 regulating scooters and their use both in the roadways and on sidewalks. Other rules may be stipulated by Bird Rides - you can find out more at their website: www.bird.co.
Operators of electric scooters must abide by the following laws:
Operators of electric scooters are reminded to adhere to these laws to help ensure a safe experience for everyone. Operators who are observed violating these laws by officers may be cited.
- Scooters are only allowed on streets or highways with speed limits of less than 45mph, except when crossing the roadway.
- Scooters must be ridden as near to the right side of the roadway as is practicable.
- Operators must ride no more than 2 scooters abreast (side-by-side).
- Operators cannot pass other vehicles between lanes of traffic.
- Riders under 12 are not able to operate scooters on roadways, streets, or the highway.
- Riders under 19 must wear a helmet.
- Scooters may only be occupied by one rider at a time.
- Riders on sidewalks must yield to pedestrians and give an audible alert when passing.