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Police Clip Birds’ Wings at Venice Beach and Ocean Front Walk

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Parking yard off Venice Bike Path near Venice Beach Police Substation.

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Shown from a different angle at beach to highlight the numbers.

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Parking yard off Ocean Front Walk at Windward.

Police officers clipped the wings of the Birds Saturday and created two Bird Yards — one off the bike path at the Venice Beach near the police substation and the other off Ocean Front Walk at Windward.

Police operated from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, according to Officer Mike Putrah, at the Venice bike path near the Venice police substation at Windward and at the Ocean Front Walk at Windward.

Five officers (Putrah, Lacunia, Passley, Moses, and Garciano) stopped the Lime and Bird scooter riders at the bike path near the Venice Police Substation from riding on the bike path. Two other officers (sorry, names were not recorded) were at the Ocean Front Walk stopping the scooter riders from operating on Ocean Front Walk.

Each officer courteously explained to scooter riders that one could not ride on the bike path or Ocean Front Walk. Officers also explained that with a helmet and a driver’s license, scooter riders could ride on the roadways.

Bird employee walks three Birds to SUV loading.

Bird employee walks three Birds to SUV loading.

The officers did not impound or confiscate the scooters, nor did they arrest drivers or give them a citation. They told them they could walk or carry their scooters to a proper area or they could leave them. Most left them. The police officers also notified both Lime and Bird officials that the scooters had been parked and that they could come and pick them up.

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Can we fit this many in the SUV? There are over a hundred left just at OFW.

Law cited was LAMC 63.44(O)

63.44(O) (New Subsec. O. Added by Ord. No. 173,922, Eff. 5/28/01.)
Within the limit of any park consisting of beach lands or beach properties adjoining the waterfront of the Pacific Ocean between the southerly boundary of the City of Santa Monica and Washington Street in the City of Los Angeles:

1. No person shall operate a motorized scooter on any boardwalk, sidewalk, bike path or other public way. For the purpose of this subsection, the term “motorized scooter” shall mean any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, is designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, and is powered by an electric motor that is capable of propelling the device with or without human propulsion, excluding motorcycles (as defined in Vehicle Code Section 400), motor-driven cycles (as defined in Vehicle Code Section 405),motorized bicycles or mopeds (as defined in Vehicle Code Section 406) and a toy (as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 108550). A device meeting the above definition that is powered by a source other than electrical power is also a motorized scooter

Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous

    Now if they would do the same with the homeless people are breaching Toms of ordinances every day!

  2. Venice guy

    Bird will never comply with the law. They need to be fined daily for littering the streets.

  3. Nick Antonicello

    The outrage of non-action by Bonin and CD-11 must be at epic proportions and they had no choice but do something today. The people matter and the outrage of inaction has boiled over.

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