Electric Scooters in Wauwatosa
Where can I ride them? What happens if they aren't picked up?
Electric scooters are allowed on Wauwatosa city streets under a new local law. The Common Council passed an ordinance related to the operation of dockless electric scooters in Wauwatosa. Here's what you need to know:
Treat Scooters Like a Bicycle
Under the law, scooters are treated like other electric mobility devices - similar to bicycles. Electric scooters can be ridden on the streets and bike lanes in Wauwatosa, but not on sidewalks.
You must obey the rules of the road, including using appropriate hand and arm signals for turning. You can only ride them on streets with speed limits of 30 mph or lower.
You can ride scooters on multiuse pathways, such as the one adjacent to the Menomonee River Parkway.
When not in use, they must be parked at bike racks or in a way which doesn't affect the public right of way (i.e. sidewalks and streets).
Renting a Scooter with App
Companies who operate a scooter system generally have an app for renting them. Once you find a scooter, you scan a code and pay a rental fee to activate it.
Wauwatosa does not have an agreement with a scooter company. Therefore, under our local law, they cannot drop scooters within Wauwatosa boundaries.
You can, however, rent a scooter from Milwaukee, drive it in Wauwatosa, and leave it here to be picked up.
Scooters Parked Overnight
The operating company is required to pick up scooters from Wauwatosa each night. Scooters parked more than 24 hours in the right of way can be impounded. Police or Public Works can pick them up and impound them. We would notify the company who would have to pay $100 to get them back.
If they have not retrieved them in 30 days, then the City owns these scooters. We would have the option of selling or destroying them.