Safety Tips for Using a Motorized Scooter

January 11, 2018 10:44 AM
by Anuj Gupta

Santa Monica has long been a leader in providing alternate modes of mobility and we’re deeply committed to enhancing mobility, easing traffic congestion, and reducing emissions. We were the first to launch bike share in the region and made big investments to connect Expo Light Rail with our bike paths and Big Blue Bus routes. Santa Monica wants to be a place where innovators come to test new solutions to sustainable living, and the City is eager to partner with companies looking to advance their ideas.

Unfortunately, Bird Rides, Inc., the company behind the app-based electric motorized scooters for rent around town, does not have a business license to operate on the public rights-of-way, and currently operates in a manner that places riders and residents at risk. Just this week, a rider of a motorized scooter not wearing a helmet suffered a serious injury after colliding with a car on one of our streets.

If new mobility companies are prepared to operate safely and within the bounds of both state and local laws, the City is ready to work with them to bring their operations into full compliance with permitting and use of public space requirements. 

As a motorized scooter rider, we wanted to make sure you were aware of these key state safety laws (Calif. Vehicle Code Sections. 21223 and 21235):

If these requirements are news to you, your friends may not know either - please help us keep everyone safe and spread the word within your networks.

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Authored By

Anuj Gupta
Deputy City Manager