Is there any possible way for children to ride with you on a scooter?

by Tresa
(Santa Rosa, California, USA)

I am a young single mother looking for a bike to commute on to UC Davis from Santa Rosa, and to and from work. I know little of the scooting world.

If I ever needed to take my son with me is it possible to modify for him to go with me in any way needed or is it completely bonkers?


Answer: Well, Tresa, in Asia, whole families ride on one scooter together. Here in my area, I've seen a mom riding with her child standing on the floorboard in front of her and hanging on to the handlebars. I'm not sure that's real safe, though.

However, most scooters do have long seats that are plenty big enough for a passenger, even an adult passenger. So your son could probably ride behind you... IF you are confident he's old enough to hang on securely. I would also make sure he wears a helmet and protective clothing. And I don't think I'd recommend it if you have to ride an interstate type road, but locally at fairly low speeds, it can probably be done.

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May 06, 2011
if you are new to riding...
by: Anders

its not really safe at all... be careful...
it takes time to get really safe, do not bring your son the first years... just me... i love scooters and bikes, but they are not safe, really. training is the thing...

Mar 11, 2011
Quite A Commute
by: Rick Rudge

Hi Tresa,

Wow Santa Rosa to Davis is quite a commute. Are there any back roads that you can take? You certainly can't ride a small scooter up and down highway 128. Or, can you? There are larger-sized scooters that can do that better, but you'll need a motorcycle endorsement to ride them.

A small scooter is perfect for inner-city riding, but riding balls-out on long drives on country roads at full throttle may be pushing it more than it's intended.

Also, you didn't tell us how old your son is. If he can sit in the back of the seat and his feet can touch the little passenger foot knobs/pegs, it should work out fine.
But if he can't, then it will be harder for him to stay secured to the seat, and the cops will notice that right away too.

Best of luck in your purchase and your decision.


Jul 21, 2010
Depends on their age!
by: Eric

My son has been riding two up with me since I bought my current 50cc scooter (nice long bench seat for 2). He started riding with me at 9, and despite being 11 and 5'4" and 110 lbs he's still riding with me. He loves it...always has.

If younger, it would depend on the set up. With a topbox to lean against, some scooters would easily allow a slightly younger rider to sit behind you, but it's not really safe until their feet can hit the passenger pegs/foot rests.


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