We are often asked by customers if they are allowed to ride their mobility scooters and wheelchairs in
the roads, in bike lanes as well as sidewalks. While there may be subtle variations from state to state,
the general answer is an astounding, unequivocal yes.
As always safety is our, and your, primary consideration so be aware, be visible and use your best
judgment. Primary usage should be on a sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, the roadway or a bike lane
would be your only option. You also want to make certain your chair or mobility scooter is well
illuminated for nighttime travel and have ample reflectors to ensure your safety.
Most states regulate self-propelled devices on roadways but most states exempt or exclude powered
mobility chairs and scooters from their definition of Motor Vehicle or Self Propelled vehicles. Since they
are excluded or exempted and essentially treated as a pedestrian would under state law. Generally
speaking a mobility scooter or chair is bound to observe all traffic control devices, exercise due care and
observe the rules of the road. Electric mobility scooters and wheelchairs are required to yield the right
of way to pedestrians in many states. Most states require a mobility scooter or wheelchair to use any
available sidewalk when one is available, over roadway usage.
While each state varies a little and while some states do actually classify mobility scooters and chairs as
a Motor Vehicle, it is always prudent to contact law enforcement in your state or community to see
where your state is on this issue.