Motorized scooter regulations being pushed by Councilmember Lori Zapf
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego City Council Tuesday rejected an emergency ordinance that would have banned motorized scooters on boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Bay and La Jolla.
State law already bans motorized scooters from sidewalks, but doesn’t mention boardwalks. The vehicles have become increasingly common in San Diego since they were introduced in February by scooter-sharing companies Bird and LimeBike. Improper usage and excessive speeding has led to injuries, especially where scooters are in close proximity to pedestrians, prompting Councilwoman Lorie Zapf to seek the boardwalk ban.
Her proposed emergency ordinance was voted down on a 6-3 vote, with Barbara Bry and Mark Kersey joining Zapf on the losing end. Councilman Chris Ward said a ban was premature, especially considering city and law enforcement officials haven’t collected data at each of the locations it would have affected.
“We’re being asked today to do something on anecdotal information, and I don’t think that’s a good basis for policymaking,” Ward said. Following the failure of the emergency ordinance, a successful motion was made to have the council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee look further into the issue.
Zapf had already left the chamber before she could cast a vote on the final motion. “This is not an accident waiting to happen — these accidents have
happened,” she said earlier in the meeting. “And they’re serious accidents.”
The San Diego City Council Tuesday refused to pass a temporary ban on motorized scooters on the Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla Shores boardwalks. The city council has given the issue back to the Public Safety Committee for further review.
People on both sides of the issue presented their case before the City Council voted on the future of motorized scooters on boardwalks.
Circulate San Diego is one organization that supports the use of dockless bike and scooter share as a form of transportation and spoke at City Council in opposition to the proposed ban.
“San Diego has embraced this innovative and green technology,” said Maya Rosas, Policy Director for Circulate San Diego. “A vote to ban scooters in our iconic boardwalks would have been a step in the wrong direction on the City’s road to get more people walking, biking, scooting, and taking transit.”
You can watch the decision and vote below: