Utah Lawmakers Proposal would expand legal E-Scooter Territory (SB139)

While a slew of resident correspondence with Salt Lake officials reflects tales of being terrorized by electric scooter riders surfing city sidewalks, a legislative proposal would expand the legal, on-street territory for the new machines.

The bill, SB139, proposes to modify current state code that prohibits motorized scooters from operating on streets with speed limits over 25 mph, as well as roadways that have more than two lanes. The bill also stipulates that operators may not consume alcoholic beverages while riding and those under 15 years old must have an adult supervisor present when they ride.

Sen. Kirk Cullimore, R-Sandy, said the goal of the proposal is to boost the viability of the two-wheelers as a transportation option.