E-scooter companies in Boise ask users to wear helmets, but it is not required by law

Posted at 10:20 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 00:20:40-04

BOISE — Three companies operate the dozens of e-scooters you can see zooming around Boise streets and sidewalks. Each individual company approaches user safety differently. The apps for Bird and Spin ask users to bring their own helmets to stay safe while they ride. Lime instructs users to follow all helmet laws.

In the State of Idaho, it is not required to wear a helmet on e-scooters.

"I wear my helmet when I mountain bike and road bike. I'm just a helmet girl," said Maryann Cabot, e-scooter rider.

Bird offers a helmet for free after you order it online and pay for shipping, and Spin offers a discount on a folding helmet. But many folks who opt for a scooter ride do so on a whim and are not planning that far ahead.

"I would have worn a helmet if it was available to me. I just didn't happen to have one and this is a way of spending an afternoon exploring downtown," said Todd Twyman, e-scooter rider.

There is no ordinance on the books requiring e-scooter riders to wear a helmet in the City of Boise.