November 10, 2023
UDPD urges Blue Hens to educate themselves on Newark Police enforcement of motorized scooter laws
The Newark Police Department has launched an education and enforcement campaign about a statewide prohibition of motorized scooters on public highways, sidewalks and streets. This includes bicycle lanes and walkways across the University of Delaware’s campus.
Motorized scooters are prohibited on streets and sidewalks in Newark. A violation is punishable by a $100 fine and impoundment of the scooter.
This code does not include electric bicycles, which may be operated on a roadway or in a bicycle lane if one is provided. Under Delaware law, there are different definitions for bicycles, electric bicycles, mopeds, tripeds, scooters, motorized skateboards and similar wheeled devices.
University of Delaware Police encourage members of the UD community to read about the state’s laws to learn more and also read the University’s campus safety and security policy on bicycles and personal transportation devices. This policy explains "Walk Your Wheels Zones," where no bicycle riding is permitted, and also provides guidance about bicycle registration and where on campus it is permissible to ride and/or operate a personal transportation device, plus additional helpful information.