E-bikes, E-scooters and Pedestrian Safety

MQT on 2019-07-18
Session date: 
July 18, 2019
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What measures have been put in place to ensure that e-bikes and e-scooters are used in a considerate way that has safety of pedestrians as a paramount concern?


Answer for E-bikes, E-scooters and Pedestrian Safety
E-bikes, E-scooters and Pedestrian Safety

E-bikes, E-scooters and Pedestrian Safety

Answered By: 
The Mayor

E-scooters are not legal for use on pavements, in cycle lanes or on the road. They can only be used legally on private land with the land owner’s permission.

E-bikes (which are bicycles with a speed restricted electric motor, as opposed to e-scooters where the rider stands on a foot plate and does not pedal) should not be ridden on the pavement, and must be ridden lawfully and in accordance with the highway code, like regular bikes.

Transport for London (TfL) has published a code of practice for dockless bikes and e-bikes. It was developed in collaboration with the boroughs, and sets out what is expected in order to ensure the safe and responsible management of these rental schemes. TfL and London Councils are now developing a new regulatory approach for London, underpinned by a new bye-law. The proposed bye-law is being designed for dockless bicycles and e-bikes and is intended to apply to other micro-mobility services such as e-scooters, if the law were to change. This bye-law will seek to address issues of clutter and obstruction experienced in cities around the world by giving boroughs greater to powers to specify where dockless bikes and other similar items can and cannot be parked.