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Can I ride an electric scooter on Amsterdam bike paths?

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1. Posted by S.mallet (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

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Hi, my name is Steven and I will be traveling to Amsterdam next month and I had a few questions regarding the bike paths and sidewalks. I was wondering if I would be allowed to ride a small eletric scooter in the bike paths and/or sidewalks. The scooter I would be using is a razor e300. It is a small scooter without a seat. It is pretty small and would take a second look to tell it has a motor. The scooter travles up to 10 miles on a single charge at speeds around 15 mph and The scooter is light enough to push with your foot if you run out of power. The scooter fits in a chekable airline luggage and I thought it mite be a great way to see the city. Also if I were to do this would I look like a fool traveling around on a scooter and what are the helmet laws. If anyone knows if this is able to be done or not please let me know, Thanks.

2. Posted by Vadrozsa (Inactive 13 posts) 7y

Hi Steven,

I don't think it's a problem to bring your electric pushbike or scooter.
You don't have to wear a helmet as long as this vehicle is less than 4 kW.
Important fact is that it has to be insured for third party claims.
You cannot drive on footpaths and have to use the bikepaths or streets.
You better bring a proof of origine (invoice or insurancecard) because when the police stops you, you have to have evidence that the item you use is yours.
And most important of all, bring a decent, hard steel chain and padlock if you bring it to Amsterdam and planning to take back home again also.

Have fun,

Kace

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Feb-2009, at 01:18 by Vadrozsa ]

3. Posted by michab (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

Enjoy and watch your posession. . . as Kace said, keep the gadget firmly locked when you park it.
on a more concrete level - watch out for pedestrians, specially in Amsterdam's City centre. the bike paths are not always marked and it can be a tough job figuring out whose is the right of way.

m

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Yes, you can ride an electric scooter on the bike paths.
a little side note though: I think it would be possible to rent a bike or scooter in Amsterdam, probably even electric ones if you want. So why bring it, it must cost a lot