The San Diego City Council is getting ready to vote on a potential regulatory package for dockless electric scooters, bicycles and the companies that own them. Dockless scooters and bicycles have become incredibly popular in cities like San Diego. After a slew of wrecks involving these electric rentable scooters, concerned citizens and safety advocates are taking action to improve safety for riders and other walkway users.
According to ABC San Diego News Channel 10, the package would limit the speed of dockless electric scooters from 15 miles per hour to eight miles per hour in high-traffic areas like the Spanish Landing and near Petco Park. The regulations would even include lowering the speed to three miles per hour on the Embarcadero and the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade.
Geofencing to Limit Scooter Speeds in Certain Areas
Scooter companies like Bird, Lime and Razor would be required to use geofencing technology to limit speeds and parking abilities in certain designated areas. At this time, Bird already uses geofencing to reduce speeds of scooters on the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path. The new regulations would also include that scooters are banned from parking near hospitals, schools, beach area boardwalks and the near the Petco Park and south legs of the Embarcadero.
Additionally, the City of San Diego would also include plans for designated scooter parking zones along city streets. Also, scooters would only be allowed to be parked in groups of four, with at least 40 feet between groups. Finally, scooter companies would be required to obtain a six-month operational permit with a to-be-determined fee and pay $150 per scooter or bike each year to continue operating in San Diego.
Scooter Accidents in San Diego
Dockless electric scooters can build up considerable speed, especially on areas with hills. We’ve even seen cases of brakes spontaneously engaging on electric scooters. After any kind of injury accident involving an electric scooter, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case.
If you have been injured while riding a Lime scooter or some other brand of dockless scooter or bike in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.