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Using electric scooters and electric bikes on campus

How to keep safe when using your e-bike and e-scooter on campus and in the local area.

Please read the following frequently asked questions on the usage of e-scooters and e-bikes on campus and in the local area. If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Campus Services team. 

Can I use my e-scooter on campus? 

Yes. You can use your e-scooter everywhere outside on both College Lane and de Haviland apart from on the road in front of Mercer, Lindop, Todd and Creative Arts at College Lane as this road is classed as a public highway. There are no lines marked on pathways so please be careful. 

Can I ride my e-scooter on the public roads and paths in Hatfield and the surrounding area? 

No. It is illegal to ride e-scooters on public roads and paths in the UK. 

Can I use my e-bike on campus? 

Yes, you can ride your bike anywhere on campus as long as your bike is limited to 15.5mph and has a maximum power of 250 watts. There are no lines marked on pathways so please be careful. 

Any electric bike that exceeds the above is classed as a motorcycle or moped and is subject to different rules. 

Can I ride my e-bike on the public roads and paths in Hatfield and the surrounding area? 

Yes, you can ride your bike on roads and paths in the UK as long as your bike is limited to 15.5mph and has a maximum power of 250 watts. 

Any electric bike that exceeds the above is classed as a motorcycle or moped and is subject to different rules.  

What should I do if I have an accident on my e-scooter or e-bike on campus? 

Please report any accidents or incidents that may happen on campus via the online reporting system or by calling the Security team on 01707 285555.  

The University of Hertfordshire does not accept any liability for any incident involving an e-scooter or e-bike, so please remember you are personally liable for any harm or damage caused by an accident/incident. This includes paying financial compensation as a result of damage to property.  

Can I ride and store my e-scooter or e-bike indoors? 

No. Please store your e-bike or e-scooter outside only in the cycle racks. We’d recommend that you ensure your e-scooter or e-bike is securely locked. 

Can I use Lithium-ion batteries in my e-bike or e-scooter? 

Yes, but always take care when handling batteries as they present a risk when over-charged, short circuited, submerged in water, or damaged. You can read guidance from the London Fire Department about best practice when using these batteries. 

I live in campus accommodation. Can I keep my e-bike or e-scooter in my room? 

No. Your accommodation isn’t suitable for keeping outdoor vehicles in as there may be a fire risk and trip hazards.  

Please keep your e-bike or e-scooter in the secure cycle racks located across both campus sites. It is your responsibility to ensure you have securely locked your e-bike or e-scooter in the cycle racks.  

People found using e-bikes or e-scooters in an anti-social manner may be subject to disciplinary action.