New scooter regulations to slow down riders start July 1
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Visitors ride electric scooters past parked scooters on the boardwalk in Mission Beach last weekend. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
Visitors ride electric scooters past parked scooters on the boardwalk in Mission Beach last weekend. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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Visitors ride electric scooters past parked scooters on the boardwalk in Mission Beach last weekend.
Visitors ride electric scooters past parked scooters on the boardwalk in Mission Beach last weekend.
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It’s official, the City’s new scooter regulations take effect July 1. The new rules will decrease the allowable speed of dockless scooters from 15 to 8 mph on the boardwalk, and to 3 mph in high-traffic areas with the use of geofencing technology.

Scooters are to be banned from parking near hospitals, schools, near Petco Park, and on the boardwalk. Electric scooters and bikes are prohibited from riding on city sidewalks.

Regulations include:

- Speed limits: In specific geofenced areas, operators will slow scooters to 8 mph. Three of the geofenced areas are pedestrian-only and operators will slow scooters to 3 mph with a push message notifying riders to leave that area.

- Geofencing will be in effect for beach-area boardwalks, Balboa Park, NTC Park, Mission Bay Park, Petco Park and the pedestrian-only locations, including North/South Embarcadero, MLK Jr. Promenade, and La Piazza della Famiglia.

- Staging: In the beach areas, operators are only permitted to stage in groups of up to four, with 40 feet in between each group. The City will identify corral locations and will require their use.

- Rider parking: Operators will prohibit riders from ending a ride in specific geofenced areas, including beach area boardwalks.

- Education: Consistent messages about local and state laws in smartphone applications will be required. As will on-device labeling about age requirements and how riding on the sidewalk is illegal.

- Per device fee: A per device fee of $150 annually will be assessed. A reduction of $15 per device will be offered for operators offering a qualified equity program.

- Equity programs may include discounts, equitable distribution, credit-card free unlock or mobile-device free unlock.

- Data sharing: A variety of data will be shared about ridership, parking, paths of travel and more to assist the City in transportation planning, Climate Action Plan reporting and enforcement.

- Indemnify insurance: Operators will be required to indemnify the City from liability and to hold a $2 million per occurrence, $4 million aggregate and $4 million umbrella insurance policy.

- Performance bond: Each operator will be required to pay a “Safety Deposit” – $65 for each device in fleet – to be held in the event the company leaves the market without its devices. 

The ordinance will charge dockless companies an annual $150 per-device fee. The City noted that should act as a de facto cap on scooter numbers.
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dolores dempsey
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June 27, 2019
This article is well written. I am relieved to read the many restrictions being put on scooters. It is long overdue. I wonder how age restriction and other rules can be enforced - are there people who are going to be oversiting these scooters? Who would they be, checking around town for for rule enforcement.

One comment, I see scooters outside the hospitals, perhaps students riding between UCSD campus and the hospital. Why wouldn't they be able to utilize them for school purposes. Any school, really. That seems like overkill really.
Craig in PB
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June 27, 2019
So we are to believe that this will all magically take place on Monday and that 3/4 of the scooters will just disappear because they aren't permitted? It really seems like the Fox is guarding the hen house in this situation - asking the scooter companies to police themselves.
dolores dempsey
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June 27, 2019
Yes, I agree with this. So I am not the only one wondering who will be in charge here. There does need to be oversite by city in this regard.
steve mission beach
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July 02, 2019
the grandest hoax of all is geofencing to control speed on electric vehicles. please someone share data that shows its available and works and where? I have researched and found nothing anywhere or even support with technology data. Nothing. geofencing is like GPS for locations of vehicles and travel data. The city was asked for the vendors to prove it possible and only let their word be the guide to do it. Now what about all the private owners of e-vehicles and speed control. City should get ready for lawsuits from all those involved in incidents who are not part of the imdemification agreements
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