Free helmets offered at ScooterLNK safety event

Lincoln Transportation and Utilities will be offering a free electric scooter safety event for those interested in taking advantage of the ScooterLNK program.
courtesy: City of LNK

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- The public has been invited by Lincoln Transportation and Utilities to attend a ScooterLNK Safety Education Event Saturday, May 22 on North Seventh Street between “R” and “Q” streets in the West Haymarket.

This free event goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will go over safety and operation rules for Bird and Spin electric scooters (e-scooters).

Along with free rides being offered at the event, Bird and Spin will give away free helmets to participants.

Since the ScooterLNK pilot program began in September 2020, there have been over 46,000 trips on Bird and Spin e-scooters in Lincoln.

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These are the operation guidelines for riding an e-scooter:

  • Riders must be over the age of 18 and hold a valid motor vehicle operator’s permit.
  • Riders are urged to wear a helmet for safety.
  • Riders must follow all traffic rules, signals, and signs.
  • Riders must ride in bicycle lanes or vehicle lanes with the flow of traffic.
  • Riders must yield to pedestrians and walk e-scooters on sidewalks when parking.
  • Only one rider is allowed on an e-scooter at a time.
  • E-scooters are only permitted on city streets or on-street bike lanes that fall within the Pilot Program Zone.
  • Riders must not ride e-scooters under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • E-scooters are not permitted on StarTran buses.
  • E-scooters are not permitted to be ridden on sidewalks, hiking or biking trails or UNL property.

E-scooters can be parked in the following areas:

  • Within the furniture/landscape area of the City sidewalk public right-of-way next to bike racks, trash receptacles or flowerpots.
  • Parked e-scooters must allow at least four feet of usable pedestrian walking space around them.
  • In City-designated scooter parking areas (a map of designed parking areas can be found on the ScooterLNK website).

LTU says that after each time the scooters are used, they’ll be disinfected and sanitized. LTU encourages guests of the event to wear masks and maintain a six-foot distance between one another.

Bikes from the BikeLNK program will also be included at the event.

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