Moped/Motor Scooters

If a license plate is marked "MP" or "MOPED", drivers need to park at designated moped areas on campus with a FREE sticker permit. The sticker is required to park at these free spaces.

Beginning on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, moped sticker permits will be distributed at the Parking & Transportation Services office, 300 Transportation & Safety Building, 511 Washington Avenue SE, East Bank campus. Hours are Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Drivers will need to bring three things to pick up the free sticker:

  • your drivers license
  • your moped's license plate number
  • your moped's VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) 

When the sticker permit is picked up, drivers will receive a printed copy of Moped Policies and Ordinances.

Mopeds and motor scooters are prohibited from all campus sidewalks and can be assessed a parking ticket for parking at bike racks on campus.

As a reminder, in Minnesota, all mopeds/motor scooters must have a license plate.
East Bank Moped Parking Locations
West Bank Moped Parking Locations
St. Paul Moped Parking Locations

University and State Regulations

  • Riders must wear eye protection at all times.
  • Operators must have a valid driver’s license, a valid motorized bicycle operator’s permit, or a valid motorized bicycle instruction permit.
  • Moped riders may not carry passengers.  
  • Mopeds are prohibited from sidewalks, except when necessary for direct access to a roadway from a driveway, alley or building. In those instances, they must be walked, not driven.
  • Mopeds cannot operate in designated bicycle lanes. Mopeds are not allowed on the Washington Avenue Bridge pedestrian level, unless walked across.
  • Mopeds must be legally registered and have liability insurance in order to operate on a public street or highway. 
  • Mopeds can not ride in any area that is restricted to emergency vehicles and buses only.

Mopeds/motorized bicycles are defined in Minnesota State Statute 169.01, Subd. 4a and usage is addressed in Minnesota State Statute 169.223 .

For more information, view the Minnesota Motorcycle, Motorized Bicycle (Moped) & Electric-Assisted Bicycle Manual.

Motorcycle License Plate 
Mopeds/motor scooters with plates designated “motorcycle” must adhere to all of the rules for motorcycles.Vehicles must park in a regular parking spot.

Helpful Tip:

If the moped areas are full in your area, email parking@umn.edu with the time of day and location. We'll do what we can to arrange more space if the situation persists.


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