An important note for scooter users in Rehoboth and Dewey. First, don’t trust a word in this article where it explains any legal aspect of scooter riding and parking. Everything has changed since this article was published. I am not going to change the following text – I don’t do that – I never do.
Be warned that the laws are stronger, more specific and are enforced with gusto by the local police. Also know that scooters are generally unsafe to ride, just like bicycles, only worse. Consider alternate transportation.
And if you are buying a scooter and can’t be dissuaded, here’s a little consumer tip: for Chinese scooters, go online a save $300-500. If you want a better scooter, go see George up on the highway – he deals with better products and has the resources that it takes to assemble and maintain these machines correctly. And if you don’t know which scooters are Chinese, keep reading – every single scooter in the following articles is Chinese.
Well under the top speed of a scooter, the speed limit in the town of Rehoboth is twenty-five miles an hour. You can get to where you want to go as fast as any car or full size motorcycle and certainly much faster than a bicycle.
Starting on Memorial Day (until Labor Day) you’ll need a parking permit to park your car or motorcycle on the streets anywhere in the town of Rehoboth. But you don’t need one for your scooter! In fact, scooter parking is permitted anywhere you are allowed to park a bicycle. Check out the pictures to see how close you can get to the ocean, the boardwalk, or any shop or restaurant that you wish to patronize.
In Rehoboth, during the summer, the traffic is often backed up for miles. Scooters are permitted on Route One to drive in the far right lane which is specifically designated for use only by buses, right turns and bicycles. On Rehoboth Avenue there is often an end-to-end gridlock of cars – but scooters, like bicycles are allowed to skirt the traffic on the right and on the shoulder. The rule of thumb (for scooters under 50cc size – less than 2.7 horse power) is scooters are simply motorized bicycles and the laws pertaining to bikes also apply to scooters and mopeds.