Explore Dallas like never before: Complete guide for e-scooter riders

Explore Dallas like never before: Complete guide for e-scooter riders

Strap on your helmet and start your engines, it's time to rediscover Dallas Apollo style! As iconic as a cowboy hat and as thrilling as a ride at the State Fair, our e-scooters are your ticket to an adventure like no other. 

Read on to learn everything you need to know to make sure your journey is as smooth as a line dance. 

Key takeaways 

Speed Limits: You can go up to 20 mph, but in the slow ride zones you'll need to slow down to 10 mph. It's all about keeping things safe.

No-Ride Zones: There are no-ride zones where you just can't ride e-scooters. So, make sure to steer clear of these areas or walk your scooter. More about them below.

Sidewalks: Big no-no here. Riding on sidewalks is not allowed, so you'll need to stick to the roads or designated bike lanes.

Fines: If you don't stick to these rules, there's a $200 fine waiting for you. 

Helmet Use: While it's not a legal requirement, wearing a helmet is always a smart move for your safety. 

Laws and regulations — scooters in Dallas

E-scooters are back on the streets after a 3-year ban, and while it's exciting, there are some important regulations to keep in mind for a smooth and safe ride.

Dallas city code

Firstly, the maximum speed limit for e-scooters is set at 20 mph, but in certain areas like Deep Ellum, the West End, and the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, you'll need to dial it back to 10 mph. It's all about safety in these slow ride zones. Also, watch out for no-ride zones, such as public parks, trails, and plazas like Klyde Warren Park and Katy Trail, or all roads where the speed limit is above 35 mph.

One crucial rule: riding on sidewalks is not allowed. This helps keep both riders and pedestrians safe. And here's something to remember – if you're not following these rules, you could face a fine and risk a 30-day suspension from riding after five violations.

While helmets aren't required by law, wearing one is always a wise choice for your safety. So, when you're out there enjoying the Dallas streets on an e-scooter, just keep these guidelines in mind for a fun and responsible experience. 

No-Ride Zones:

No-ride zone signpost
  • Sidewalks
  • Trails
  • Parks
  • Plazas
  • Roads with a speed limit of 35 MPH or higher

*Riders are required to dismount and walk their scooters through these areas.

Slow-Ride Zones:

  • Specific areas where riders must reduce their speed to 10 MPH. These are typically areas with high pedestrian traffic or specific safety considerations.

It's important to note that the exact locations of these zones can be dynamic and are best viewed on the city's interactive map for the most current information.

For more detailed and up-to-date information, it is recommended to check the City of Dallas’ official website or the interactive map they provide​:

Top 5 Must-Visit Spots in Dallas on Electric Scooters

1. Oak Cliff Nature Preserve 

So, first up is Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail: An 8.6-mile trail in the Oak Cliff neighborhood, winding through a beautiful nature preserve. This trail is hilly and unpaved, offering a more challenging ride.

2. Deep Ellum

Deep elum statuePhoto 71144505 | Deep Ellum © Wenling01 | Dreamstime.com

Next, you've got to scoot on over to Deep Ellum. It’s the artsy heart of Dallas. Imagine riding past walls adorned with vibrant street art – it's like an open-air gallery. This neighborhood has a pulse of its own with live music, buzzing pubs, and, oh, the BBQ joints – simply delicious! It’s the perfect place to soak in some local culture and history.

3. Santa Fe Trail

This 4.3-mile trail runs through several historic neighborhoods in Dallas, including Deep Ellum and the Fair Park area. It's mostly flat and paved, offering a chance to explore the surrounding neighborhoods.

4. Bishop Arts District 

bishop arts district in dallasPhoto 112928865 | Bishop Arts District © David Pillow | Dreamstime.com

Alright, for a more laid-back, artsy vibe, head to the Bishop Arts District. It’s like this quaint little pocket of the city with eclectic shops, amazing coffee places, and some of the best pie you'll ever have. Yes, pie! The streets are scooter-friendly, and there's always something new to discover around every corner.

5. White Rock Lake

white lake rock in dallasPhoto 196722346 © Fang Zheng | Dreamstime.com

Finally, you can’t miss out on White Rock Lake. It’s a bit more on the outskirts, but totally worth the ride. It’s like an escape into nature. The lake is beautiful, and there are plenty of spots to just stop, relax, and take in the view. If you’re into photography, the sunsets here? Absolutely stunning.

So, there you have it! Dallas is just brimming with cool spots to explore on an e-scooter. Each place offers a unique vibe and experience, making it a blast to zip around and discover the city. Grab your helmet, hop on your scooter, and go have some fun!

Safe Scooting in Dallas: Navigating the City

A woman on an apollo scooter 

Know the Terrain: Dallas offers a mix of flat roads and gentle slopes, making it ideal for electric scooters. Be aware of your surroundings and adjust your speed accordingly.

Traffic Awareness: When riding electric scooters in Dallas Texas, always be mindful of traffic rules. Use bike lanes where available and signal your turns.

Night Rides: The lights of Dallas create a beautiful night scene. Ensure your scooter’s lights are on, and wear reflective clothing for visibility.

 

Repairs and maintenance

On the off-chance of having some technical issues with your Apollo e-scooter, or if you just want to make sure it’s ready for the off, you can go to rentboards. These guys know Apollo e-scooters literally inside out and will gladly give you a hand. We’d trust them with our lives.

 

Wrapping Up 

Whether you're a local or a visitor, Dallas offers plenty of opportunities for exploration with your e-scooter. From historic neighborhoods to modern cityscapes, each ride promises a new adventure.

Ready to take on Dallas with an Apollo scooter? Discover our range, join the community, and start your urban adventure today. We can't wait to hear about your Dallas scooting stories!


Sources:

  1. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2023/05/23/e-scooters-are-making-a-comeback-in-dallas-what-rules-should-riders-keep-in-mind/
  2. https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/lake-highlands-lakewood/transportation/2023/04/12/dallas-implements-new-rules-for-electric-scooter-riders-providers-in-program-relaunch/

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