Updates on the use of electric scooters and other personal electric mobility devices

Published: August 16, 2022

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In the past several years, e-scooters and other forms of personal electric mobility devices, or PEMDs, have arrived on campus, and their use is expected to grow. Safety is always a top priority for the Auburn community. So, as we welcome new transportation options, we encourage our community to stay safe and be courteous.

Earlier this year, the university adopted a policy on the use of electric scooters and personal electric mobility devices on the Auburn University campus. This policy establishes rules and procedures for the safe operation, storage, charging and parking of electric scooters and other PEMDs (e.g., scooters, electric skateboards, electric bicycles, etc.) The purpose of the policy is to promote safety on campus while permitting the use of these devices by students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Highlights of this policy include:

  • PEMDs should be always operated in a safe and courteous manner at speeds that are reasonable and prudent for the conditions.

  • Pedestrians always have the right of way and operators must always yield to pedestrians and avoid areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.

  • Use of PEMDs inside university buildings is prohibited. PEMDs may be carried or walked inside a university building if bike rack storage is not available but must not be left in locations that would impact building entrance or exit.

  • PEMDs being charged should not be left unattended. The charging of PEMDs in any university academic or administrative building or athletics facility is discouraged due to fire safety concerns. At no time should PEMDs be charged in classrooms, hallways or common areas.

  • Registration of PEMDs is required through Parking Services by accessing your AU Access account.

  • Impoundment may occur for any unattended PEMD that presents a safety hazard or impedes pedestrian traffic will be impounded by Parking Services.

For more information on the policy on the use of electric scooters and personal electric mobility devices on the Auburn University campus, click here.