Mike asked: I read all the posts regarding the FL definition of a “scooter” powered by electricity with pedals. It seems to be clear that it is technically a bicycle if it goes no more than 20mph. My question, which I thought would be common, can this pedal capable electric scooter be chained up at a typical bike rack for free instead of being parked at a metered parking space?
My apologies the delay, but I have been out of touch for a few days.
There is no state statute that specifies the type of vehicle that can be parked at a bike rack. You should check the local ordinances for other regulations in your community. When in doubt, check with your local police.
When you use the term “pedal capable electric scooter”, we don’t really know what that is. If you are talking about an electric assist motor on a bicycle, it is very specifically defined in the statutes. See the posts in the tag cloud for “motorized bicycles”.
I doubt there would be any objection to parking a bicycle with electric assist motor at a bike rack if it meets the definition of “bicycle.”
Other motorized vehicles would probably be subject to greater scrutiny if parked at a bike rack.
Driving a motorized vehicle or parking any vehicle on the sidewalk is unlawful.
s. 316.1945 – Stopping, Standing, or Parking Prohibited in Specified Places
(1) Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or official traffic control device, no person shall:
(a) Stop, stand, or park a vehicle:
2. On a sidewalk.
s. 316.1995 – Driving upon Sidewalk or Bicycle Path
(1) …. a person may not drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a bicycle path, sidewalk, or sidewalk area, except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.