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169.225 MOTORIZED FOOT SCOOTER.
    Subdivision 1. Application of traffic laws. Every person operating a motorized foot scooter
shall have all rights and duties applicable to the operator of a bicycle, except in respect to those
provisions relating expressly to motorized foot scooters and in respect to those provisions of law
that by their nature cannot reasonably be applied to motorized foot scooters.
    Subd. 2. Sidewalk and passenger prohibition. No person may operate a motorized foot
scooter upon a sidewalk, except when necessary to enter or leave adjacent property. No person
may operate a motorized foot scooter that is carrying any person other than the operator.
    Subd. 3. Minimum age for operator. No person under the age of 12 years may operate a
motorized foot scooter.
    Subd. 4. Protective headgear. No person under the age of 18 years may operate a motorized
foot scooter without wearing properly fitted and fastened protective headgear that complies with
standards established by the commissioner of public safety.
    Subd. 5. Required lighting equipment. A motorized foot scooter must be equipped with a
headlight and a taillight that comply with standards established by the commissioner of public
safety if the vehicle is operated under conditions when vehicle lights are required by law.
    Subd. 6. Operation requirements and prohibitions. (a) A person operating a motorized
foot scooter on a roadway shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the
roadway, except in the following situations:
(1) when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction;
(2) when preparing for a left turn, in which case the operator shall stop and dismount at the
right-hand curb or right edge of the roadway, and shall complete the turn by crossing the roadway
on foot, subject to restrictions placed by law on pedestrians; or
(3) when reasonably necessary to avoid impediments or conditions that make it unsafe to
continue along the right-hand curb or edge, including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects,
vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or narrow lanes.
(b) A person may operate a motorized foot scooter on a bicycle path, bicycle lane, bicycle
trail, or bikeway that is not reserved for the exclusive use of nonmotorized traffic, unless the local
authority or governing body having jurisdiction over that path, lane, trail, or bikeway prohibits
operation by law.
History: 2005 c 135 s 6