In the past year more than 14,000 dockless scooters have joined the ranks of the various modes of transit available to Austinites. While travel by scooter may only be for recreation or the last mile of your commute, it is important to make it to your destination safely. During National Safety Month Capital Metro wants to emphasize the importance of how to stay safe when you are scooting around Austin.
Scooter riders and cyclists are more vulnerable than other vehicles on the road. Take a cue from cyclists and wear a helmet when you ride. Additionally, you should always ride with the flow of traffic, and pay attention to all traffic signs and signals. Use bike lanes whenever available. Doing these things gives drivers around you more time to react and share the road.
Be careful to avoid distracted scooting. Distractions come in many forms, from listening to your music to talking or texting on your phone. In Austin, scooter riders must abide by the city’s hands-free cell phone ordinance, so pack up your device and enjoy the ride. Finally, you should never ride a scooter when you are impaired. By avoiding these distractions, you not only make travel safer for yourself, you make travel safer for the other vehicles and pedestrians around you.
Look out for pedestrians, especially in high foot traffic areas. Riding in bike lanes helps you avoid pedestrian traffic. Because your scooter is quick and silent, pedestrians don’t always hear you coming, so don’t be shy with that bell most scooters have. And remember to always yield to people walking on sidewalks. Making yourself familiar with local ordinances empowers you to know where it is safe to ride.
If your destination is a little farther than you would feel comfortable scooting, ride a Capital Metro bus to get closer. It’s quick, easy, and will save you money. Make sure to park your scooter in a safe area out of the path of bus riders and pedestrians before you get on board.
It may seem like there is a lot more to riding on scooters, but it’s because we all have a lot riding on safety.