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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Scooter Legislation Is Coming for Venice, LA City

Scooters have taken Venice by storm.  They are here, there, everywhere.  Everyone has a story.  Almost everyone has ridden one. Almost all the local cities have enacted laws prohibiting them from the beach paths, sidewalks, and parks.  Los Angeles, which Venice is part of, is proposing legislation to regulate the scooters.

Pilot Program Elements

Safety– All vehicles will be required to adhere to California safety standards and submit a record of reported collisions on a monthly basis. We will also require bikes to have a tail light (CA law only requires headlights for bikes) and scooters to have a minimum 48-point font notice not to ride on sidewalks.

Operations and Maintenance– Operators must provide maintenance logs and have a staffed operations center with a 24-hour hotline.

Parking– Operators will be required to use technology that can tell if a device is upright. Operators are required to maintain a 24-hour hotline and respond to improperly parked or inoperable devices within 2 hours, from 7 AM to 10 PM daily. Not meeting this 2-hour standard subjects companies to having their permits revoked.

Fleet Size — Operators must have a minimum fleet size of 500 and maximum of 3,000 per company at launch. Companies may add an additional 2,500 devices in Disadvantaged Communities, and yet another additional 5,000 devices in Disadvantaged Communities in the San Fernando Valley. Thus, a company can launch with up to 10,500 devices if fully utilizing these incentives. After demonstrating compliance with program requirements and meeting certain performance criteria, LADOT will allow companies to increase their fleet size. The program does not specify a fleet size cap.

Fleet Composition– To make the system more accessible to people with a range of fitness and abilities, operators would be required to either make 50% of their bike fleets electric-assist or 1% of their fleets handicap-accessible.

Outreach and Equity– Companies are required to prepare an outreach plan that reflects local stakeholders in each community, including neighborhood councils, business districts, community organizations, and disability services providers. There are incentives built into the program to encourage companies to serve low-income communities. Operators must also provide a non-smart phone option for reservations, a cash payment option, reduced fares for low-income individuals, a multilingual mobile app, and a call center.

Data Sharing– LADOT is proposing a new data standard for the industry so that we know what is going on and can make smart management decisions.

Permit Pricing Fees– $20,000 for the annual permit, $130 per vehicle, $39 per vehicle in disadvantaged community, $28.32/hr for the removal/relocation of scooters; and $80/bicycle performance bond.

Enforcement and Evaluation– LADOT will use data collected from the pilot to evaluate operators and enforce permit conditions. If an operator is not responsive, LADOT will partner with the Bureau of Sanitation to remove improperly parked or inoperable devices from the public right-of-way.

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