Looking into the rules and safety behind rental scooters in Tulsa

Rules and regulations while agreeing to ride electric scooters

TULSA, Okla. — The recent death of a Tulsa child following a hit-and-run crash near 31st and Riverside has led many people to ask questions about the rental scooters seen around the city.

Five-year-old Caiden Reyes-Ortiz died after being hit by a car while riding a Lime scooter with his mother outside the Gathering Place Tuesday night. One person has been arrested. Lime representatives sent back the following statement in response to that story:

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"As a father of a young boy myself, words cannot describe how saddened I am by this tragedy. Nothing is more sacred than our children and to the family of the victim, my heartfelt sympathies go out to you. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Our national and Tulsa Lime teams are at the disposal of Tulsa law enforcement as they work to find those responsible for this cowardly act and will assist in their investigation in any way we can." - Toby Sun, Co-founder and CEO of Lime

FOX23 Reporter Jackie DelPilar spoke with experts and dug through Lime user agreements to find out what users are supposed to do while riding.

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For one, riders must accept a several terms before powering the scooters up. Riders must be 18 to use the scooters and only one person can ride at a time.

Helmets are encouraged, but not required.

“I think people ought to be a little more careful and read through that agreement and consider what they’re agreeing to when downloading that app,” attorney Gerald Jackson said. He works with the Crow and Dunlevy firm.

He said, according to the agreement, riders assume almost all responsibility for injuries or damages inflicted while riding.

“There’s almost nothing that covers you as the rider. You’re really waiving an enormous amount of liability and assuming all responsibility for whatever happens for when you get on and ride that scooter,” Jackson said.

City ordinances list another set of rules to follow.

Generally, the scooters fall under the same guidelines as bikes. Riders are not allowed to use them on sidewalks downtown or in business districts, including Cherry Street and Brookside.

Riders can use the scooters on trails and on the streets but should use a bike lane when applicable.

Jackson said that riders who follow all the rules are more likely to stay safe, and less likely to end up liable if they’re hurt.

“They’re fun to ride, but they’re not a toy. This is serious, and you need to be extra responsible,” Jackson said.

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