In an effort to support the safety of the university campuses and in St. Louis community, WashU adopted a policy that regulates the use of electric scooters, motorized skateboards, hoverboards and other motorized transportation devices.

Policy Overview

While e-scooters and other motorized transportation devices are permitted on Wallace, Shepley, Snow Way and Throop Drives, they are not permitted anywhere else on the Danforth Campus. This does not affect the operation of electric wheelchairs or other assisted devices.

This policy aligns with that of many universities and cities, which have already prohibited the use of e-scooters due to safety concerns.

For example, the City of St. Louis Ordinance 65138 bans the use of electric scooters on sidewalks, requires users to wear a helmet, and prohibits the use of a scooter by more than one person, among other regulations. When riding an electric scooter or similar motorized device, we ask that you follow the rules and regulations on public streets, walkways and campus property (where permitted) as well as outside of WashU.

Policy Map

Rules & Regulations

When operating a motorized transportation device, you must obey all the following regulations:

  • Always wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet.
  • Follow all the traffic rules applicable to a driver of a motor vehicle, including traffic lights, signs and ride with the direction of traffic.
  • Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and give an audible signal before passing a pedestrian or cyclist.
  • Do not use earbuds or headphones on/in both ears.
  • Individuals cannot ride at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the existing conditions.
  • A device cannot be operated with more than one person on it.
  • When riding on a street in the dark or dusk, an electric scooter must have a visible front-facing white light, rear-facing red reflector or red light, and reflective material and/or lights on each side.

Please be aware of your surroundings. Uneven pavement, potholes and unexpected items can cause you to lose control of the device and it may be harder for vehicles to see you.