Scooters Banned on Mission and Pacific Beach Boardwalks
Earlier this week, the San Diego City Council voted to officially ban motorized vehicles on busy boardwalk areas like Mission Beach and Pacific Beach boardwalks, Mission Bay Park Bayside Walk and the La Jolla Shores boardwalk. This ban is on motorized vehicles like e-bikes and dockless scooters. ABC San Diego News Channel 10 is quick to point out that motorized wheelchairs are not being impacted by this ban and are still allowed on boardwalks.
Dockless Scooter and E-Bike Ordinances in San Diego
The ordinance will also add a speed limit in prohibited zones. Previously, the city ordinance was eight miles per hour, but it’s being dropped to three miles per hour. Additionally, Class One bike paths are only for pedestrians, cyclists and people using non-motorized forms of transportation.
Over the summer, a 48-year-old man died as a result of injuries sustained in a scooter crash on the Mission Beach boardwalk. His crash happened shortly before the enforcement of the city’s prior regulation of limiting scooter speed limits to eight miles per hour on the boardwalk.
U.S. E-Scooter Crash Stats
Unfortunately, there’s currently no way to know how many people are injured and killed in dockless scooter crashes across the nation each year. There is no national database or reporting for scooter injuries. Last summer, Consumer Reports published an article finding that at least eight people had been killed in rentable e-scooter crashes since the fall of 2017. They also found that from 110 hospitals in 47 U.S. cities, there were at least 1,500 rider injuries in late 2017 and at least four fatalities since then.
Dockless Scooter and E-Bike Crashes in San Diego
While regulations are still being considered in cities in California and across the nation, dockless scooters and e-bike users are being encouraged to exercise extreme caution when riding. In the past, we’ve seen software glitches that caused scooters to brake unexpectedly, and riders crashing into pedestrians and cyclists. If you’re planning on riding an e-scooter or e-bike, always make sure to wear a helmet and ride safely.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a dockless scooter or e-bike accident 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.