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The Camino de Santiago on electric scooter: What you should know?

With the popularity of this means of transport, many pilgrims have begun to wonder if they can be used to make the Camino de Santiago

Patinetes eléctricos - EnvatoElements/SkyNextphoto

Patinetes eléctricos - EnvatoElements/SkyNextphoto

The electric scooter is one of the means of transport that has gained more popularity in recent years, especially in urban environments, thanks to its maneuverability and that are easy to park and environmentally friendly. 

Of course, we can also find them in the different localities through which passes the Camino de Santiago and many pilgrims have been faced with many doubts about them, as if you can do the Camino in them or traffic rules governing them. In this article we will explain everything about them.

Can you do the Camino de Santiago on an electric scooter?

An electric scooter is a motor vehicle, like a car or a motorbike, so it would not be a valid means of transport to make the Camino de Santiago and get the Compostela once you finish it. In addition, traffic regulations prohibit its use outside the urban centres of cities.

However, this does not exclude its use to move within the own localities through which passes the Camino, many of which offer rental services electric scooters, to go to eat or to visit places of interest.

To use them correctly, the pilgrim must follow the road traffic regulations that correspond to this type of vehicle and those of general purpose.

Pareja de viajeros en patinete eléctrico - EnvatoElements/GeorgeRudy

Pareja de viajeros en patinete eléctrico - EnvatoElements/GeorgeRudy

Traffic regulations on electric scooters

The regulation of these vehicles is currently in a kind of legal limbo in many of the towns through which the Camino de Santiago passes. As a general rule, electric scooters must circulate on the bike lane and if there is no bike lane, these vehicles will circulate on the road and not on the pavement, as happens with bicycles.

In addition, an electric scooter must not travel faster than 25 km/h, although regulations in some cities set a lower limit, as well as a minimum age limit, which is usually around 16 years old. All passengers must wear helmets when riding. Other basic rules of the road also apply, such as respecting traffic lights and signs, and not riding with headphones or under the influence of alcohol.

Seeing that it is impossible to do the Camino de Santiago on an electric scooter, or at least as the main means of transport, it may be better to opt for another way to do the Camino de Santiago.

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