Are electric scooters faster than walking?

Electric scooters have surged in popularity in recent years as an alternative mode of urban transportation. A key benefit electric scooters offer over walking is higher speeds. But exactly how much faster is an electric scooter compared to the average walking pace?

Average Walking Speed

The average human walking speed is about 3 to 4 miles per hour (mph), or about 1.4 to 1.8 meters per second. This assumes casual walking on flat ground. Speeds can range from 2 to 5 mph depending on factors like fitness, age, terrain, and whether someone is walking leisurely or trying to get somewhere quickly.

Electric Scooter Speed Capabilities

Electric scooters are capable of reaching speeds of 10 to 15 mph or higher. The top speed depends on the power of the electric motor. Faster scooters with 500 to 1,000 watt motors can accelerate to 15 to 30 mph very quickly. Slower speed models aimed at beginners have lower top speeds around 10 mph.

 Are electric scooters faster than walking

Realistic Operating Speeds

While capable of high speeds, electric scooters are often ridden at slower speeds for safety and control. The average operating speed of an electric scooter is 6 to 12 mph. Riders need to be careful and limit speed based on pedestrian and vehicle traffic, road conditions, visibility, and other factors.

Speed Advantage over Walking

Taking into account real-world operating speeds, electric scooters typically allow the rider to travel 3 to 4 times faster than the average walking pace. For example, a 6 mph scooter speed versus a 3 mph walk speed means the electric scooter can get to a destination in half the time.


In optimal conditions, electric scooters can reach speeds over 15 mph. But for practical urban use, speeds are often limited to single digit mph. Still, even at cautious speeds, electric scooters offer a considerable speed advantage over walking, enabling riders to get to destinations about 3 to 4 times faster. Their higher speeds make electric scooters an appealing mobility option in cities.

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