Motorized scooters are a great way to get around CSU’s beautiful campus. They are a quick alternative to get from point A to point B; however, scooter riders on campus may not be familiar with laws and regulations, including campus requirements.
Riding a scooter on campus
Scooter operation can be confusing. Do you follow the laws for driving a car? Do you assume the role of a bicyclist?
Here are a couple of tips to clear up the confusion:
- State law and regulations define scooters as any self-propelled vehicle designed for use on a roadway and has no more than three wheels in contact with the ground. A scooter also cannot exceed 50cc of power or 4,476 watts if electric powered.
- Riders can drive in the roadway as long they are not impeding the normal flow of traffic.
- Riding on sidewalks and bike paths is prohibited.
- A headlight, tail reflector, horn and brakes are required.
- All vehicle traffic laws apply to scooters.
- You must have a valid driver’s license, registration and insurance to operate a scooter on the roadway.
Parking a scooter on campus
- If you ride a scooter and park it on CSU campus, you must display a valid Colorado low-power scooter registration sticker. The six digit registration number is considered the scooter license plate while on campus.
- In addition to having valid registration, campus restricts where scooters can be parked. Campus considers scooters the same as motorcycles. Scooters must be parked in areas specifically designated for motorcycle parking if parking in a lot where permits are required.
- Low-powered scooters, mopeds and gas-motor bicycles are not to be parked at or locked to bike racks or against a building.
- Only coming to campus for a short period of time, or don’t have a parking permit? No problem! Scooter riders can pay the hourly fee, using their low-power scooter registration number as the license plate number, and park in short term or hourly parking for motorcycles or cars.
On Oct. 13, Parking and Transportation Services will begin enforcing scooters parked illegally. Scooters left booted for 48 hours will be towed and impounded at the owner’s expense.
Want to register your scooter now? Click here for information on how to receive your Colorado low-power scooter registration sticker. For information on CSU parking permits or to purchase a permit online, visit pts.colostate.edu.