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E-Scooters: Important Safety Recommendations

November 15, 2018
To: 
All Students
From: 
Allen W. Groves, University Dean of Students

Dear Students:

In the interest of safety, the University has developed recommendations for the use of e-scooters. If you currently use an e-scooter or plan to use one in the future, please read the below message and follow these important safety measures.

As Charlottesville’s pilot program progresses, the University will continue to evaluate the use of e-scooters on our Grounds and engage with students for input.  

Sincerely,
Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students


Dear members of the University community,

Motorized scooters (“e-scooters”) are becoming a popular form of urban transportation across the U.S. and have begun to appear in some Virginia cities. On November 5, Charlottesville’s City Council adopted a pilot program that will run until summer 2019. We anticipate that these scooters will shortly become present on city streets and in use by members of the University community.

The addition of e-scooters to an area with a high level of pedestrian traffic raises a number of safety concerns, and I write to ask for your cooperation as the University assesses the impact this new form of transportation may have to safety on Grounds. We will follow up in the coming months regarding policy provisions associated with these vehicles. In the meantime, we ask you to please:

  • Obey all traffic laws including street signs, traffic lights, and speed limits. Use caution when approaching and passing pedestrians.
  • Do not operate, park, or re-charge these vehicles on sidewalks or in University buildings. This prohibition includes the University’s Medical Center buildings.
  • Be aware that University Housing prohibits these vehicles from being brought inside residence halls.
  • Park in designated hubs for U-bike parking. Parking in other locations, like sidewalks, building entrances, streets, grass, ramps, etc. impedes accessibility for members of our community and emergency responders.

Should you choose to use an e-scooter, you need to be aware of your personal responsibility outlined in your agreement with the vendor. In addition, you should take safety precautions to protect yourself, as well as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Riders should always wear a helmet and never use a cell phone while operating an e-scooter.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to make our Grounds as safe as possible.

Sincerely,

Gloria S. Graham
Associate Vice President for Safety and Security