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Written by: J. Todd Tenge

Colorado Moped Laws

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Riding around Boulder or Denver on a moped is fun and efficient. It costs so much less to travel with a moped.

Not only will you pay less in gas, but it’s also easier to get around during high traffic times, not to mention how easy it is to find parking for your moped.

Mopeds are a different type of vehicle than a passenger car or truck, so the moped laws in Colorado are different.

Moped owners and users need to understand the laws that explain the rules of the road for mopeds.

You don’t want to get a ticket by doing something illegal with your moped. You also want to be a safe driver and not get into a moped accident.

What Is a Moped?

Under Colorado law, mopeds are called low-powered scooters and are defined as self-propelled vehicles that have no more than three wheels on the road.

If the moped has an engine, it can’t have more than 50cc of power. If it is an electric scooter, then it can’t have more than 4476 watts available.

Do You Need a Special Scooter License?

Colorado’s scooter laws do not require a special license to operate a moped. All you need is a valid driver’s license to operate a moped legally.

But similar to a regular vehicle, you must register your scooter with the state and cover the moped with proper insurance.

Don’t just assume your personal vehicle auto insurance will cover your scooter. In many cases, automobile insurance policies apply only to vehicles with four wheels.

It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company and ask about what insurance coverage they offer that specifically covers mopeds.

Do You Have to Wear a Helmet?

Similar to motorcycle laws, moped laws in Colorado do not require riders to wear helmets. If you are an adult, you don’t have to wear a helmet while riding a scooter or a motorcycle.

Minors 17 years and younger must wear a helmet, whether they are driving the scooter or whether they are a passenger on the scooter.

Nevertheless, we highly recommend that you wear a helmet when riding on a scooter, motorcycle, or bicycle.

One of the major injuries we see with moped accidents and crashes are traumatic brain injuries that may not have occurred if the scooter rider was wearing a proper helmet.

Are There Any Restrictions on Where You Can Drive a Scooter?

Colorado scooter laws restrict scooter use on interstate highways. Otherwise, you can ride a scooter anywhere you can drive a car or truck.

You cannot ride a moped on sidewalks or designated pedestrian walkways. However, moped laws in Colorado allow for the use of mopeds in designated bicycle lanes.

The Colorado Car Accident Lawyers at Tenge Law Firm, LLC, Are Here to Help Seriously Injured People

If you have been seriously injured while riding a moped or scooter, then you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Moped accidents can be very severe due to the fact that there’s not much protection between you and the other vehicle or the hard road.

This is where the skilled and knowledgeable Colorado car accident lawyers at Tenge Law Firm, LLC, come into play.

With 5 out of 5 stars from lawyer rating services like AVVO,, and Yelp, we have the experience and resources to fight for your rights to get the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Contact us online or call us today at 303-536-7675 to schedule your free consultation.

With offices in Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, Tenge Law Firm, LLC, represents injured clients throughout Colorado.

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