Paris Travel Planner   Electric Scooters in Paris, France
Trottinettes (electric scooters) are all over Paris now in the tens of thousands. They're a great cheap, easy, fast, ecological way to get around the city, but you must observe the rules—or pay heavy fines.


 

 

 

Shared electric scooters have proliferated in Paris during the past few years. Officially termed trottinettes electriques en libre-service, you'll also hear them called scouteurs in Franglais.

They're everywhere now, with up to 40,000 expected on the streets of Paris by the end of 2019. They're a sensible addition to the city's ecologically-sensitive transportation system, allowing people to travel around Paris quickly and efficiently without using cars.

With so many of them in use, the City of Paris has found it necessary to enact regulations for their use.

Riding Electric Scooters in Paris

Numerous companies including Bird, dott, Flash, Jump by Uber, Lime-S, voi and more offer shared electric scooters via smartphone apps. We've seen mostly Lime-S and Bird scooters on the streets of Paris, but also some of the others.

Download the smartphone app of your choice, register as a user, and consult the app to find the nearest available scooter—it probably won't be far away.

The scooters, which can attain speeds of 24 kph (14.8 mph)—four times average walking speed—must be ridden on roadways and in Paris's ubiquitous bike lanes, not on sidewalks.

Helmets are not generally provided as part of a scooter rental, but it's strongly recommended to wear a helmet when riding a scooter. You're riding on city streets, in traffic, and every other vehicle is bigger, heavier, and faster than yours. If there is a collision—and there are always collisions—the scooter rider is always the loser. There have already been deaths of scooter riders.

Traffic Laws & Regulations

Scooters are subject to the same laws and regulations as bicycles and motorcycles. The proliferation of trottinettes—and their misuse—has caused the city government to undertake enforcement actions of the regulations regarding their use.

1. Illegal to Ride Scooters on Sidewalks

Scooters must be ridden on roadways and in bike lanes. Riding on sidewalks (trottoirs) exposes pedestrians, especially children, the elderly, and the handicapped, to danger, and is prohibited. Infractions are subject to a fine (procès-verbal) of 135 (about US$151).

2. Scooter Parking

The City of Paris has delimited 2,500 special parking zones for scooters (see the photo of scooters in a parking zone on this page.) The last rider of a scooter improperly parked on a sidewalk or other unauthorized area may be subject to a fine of 35 (about US$39).


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Electric scooters in Paris, France

Lime-S electric scooters in a designated scooter parking zone in the tony Place des Vosges, Paris...



 

 

 

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