Expanding Shared Mobility Parking in Santa Monica
March 18, 2019
by Kyle Kozar
This article originally appeared in the March edition of Seascape.
Shared e-scooters and e-bikes are a great option for moving around Santa Monica. But to ensure public safety, end your trip by being courteous and ensuring the e-scooters or e-bikes are not creating issues for others around you. You can do that by making sure e-scooters and e-bikes are properly parked.
The best place to park shared mobility devices is in the “furniture zone,” or the section of the sidewalk between the curb and the pedestrian through zone where street furniture, lighting, benches, utility poles, tree pits and bicycle racks live. Never leave a device blocking sidewalks, curb ramps, ADA access, doorways or prohibited areas like the beach bike path or Third Street Promenade.
In addition, the City began installing dedicated Shared Mobility Parking Zones as part of the Shared Mobility Pilot Program. To date, the City has installed 72 of these zones and plans to install a total of 100+ before the end of the Pilot. The operators have added these locations to their mobile apps and are encouraging users to take advantage of these spaces. When the bulk of the planned parking zones are installed, the City will work with the operators to implement programs that guide user parking through incentives and disincentives.
If an e-scooter or e-bike is causing an obstruction or hazard or is parked on your property, you can call or email the company directly to ask them to come remove the device. Each company’s contact information should be prominently displayed on the device, and they’re also listed to the right. You can also contact Santa Monica Code Enforcement at 310.458.4984.
For more information about the Santa Monica Shared Mobility Pilot Program, visit smgov.net/sharedmobility.