Low-Power Scooters

Colorado Revised Statute 42-1-102(48.5) states:
"Low-power scooter" means a self-propelled vehicle designed primarily for use on the roadways with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, no manual clutch, and either of the following: a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50 cubic centimeters if powered by internal combustion; or a wattage not exceeding 4,476 if powered by electricity.
This classification includes all two- and three-wheeled vehicles with under 50 cc engines, regardless of whether they are gas- or electric-powered, and are equipped with the mandatory safety equipment necessary for vehicles to travel on public roadways. Both Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-201 et seq. and Model Traffic Code Part 2 address the various equipment requirements for motor vehicles permitted to travel on public roadways.

The following are examples of these vehicles. This list is not all inclusive:
  • Road Scooters
  • Mopeds (Kinetic or Hybrids)

Summary of laws regarding the use of low-power scooters in Broomfield:
  • Low-power scooters MAY be ridden on public roadways.
  • Low-power scooter riders must have a valid driver's license, but are not required to have a motorcycle endorsement.
  • Motorized Bicycles ridden on public roadways must have a valid registration decal.
  • Low-power scooters ridden on public roadways are required to have insurance.
  • Low-power scooter riders and passengers must wear eye protection. Colorado currently has no helmet law; however, riders and passengers under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.
  • Low-power scooter riders must obey all laws applicable to other motor vehicles.
  • Low-power scooters MAY NOT be ridden on sidewalks, bike trails, parks, fields, or any other areas commonly used by pedestrians and bicycles.
For more information on Broomfield Municipal Ordinance, please visit Title 10, Chapter 16 of the Broomfield Municipal Code.