The city is hosting a free ScooterLNK safety education event for the public Saturday in the West Haymarket.
It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on North Seventh Street between R and Q streets and will outline safety and operation rules for scooters. The event will include electric bikes from the BikeLNK program, free scooter rides and a free helmet giveaway.
Since the year-long pilot program began in September 2020, riders have made more than 46,000 scooter trips.
Scooters will be disinfected and sanitized after each use. The Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department encourages guests to wear masks and maintain a six-foot distance between each other.
Operations guidelines say riders must be over the age of 18, hold a valid motor vehicle operator’s permit, follow all traffic rules, ride in bicycle lanes or vehicle lanes with the flow of traffic, yield to pedestrians and walk scooters on sidewalks. They are also urged to wear helmets. Only one rider is allowed on a scooter at a time, and that rider can’t be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Scooters aren’t allowed on StarTran buses, sidewalks, hiking or biking trails or University of Nebraska-Lincoln property. They are permitted only on streets or bike lanes within the Pilot Program Zone.
Scooters can be parked in designated scooter parking areas or within the furniture/landscape area of city sidewalk public right-of-ways next to bike racks, trash receptacles or flowerpots. Riders must allow at least 4 feet of walking space around parked scooters.
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