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Electric Scooter Share

 Electric Scooter Safety Event

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In an effort to improve mobility and decrease carbon emissions around Culver City, the City Council decided on July 9, 2018 to allow two dockless electric stand-up scooters companies--Bird and Lime--to place their scooters in Culver City for a period of six months.  Electric scooter share has recently appeared in cities around the world, and like many cities Culver City is now studying the best way to address this new transportation model.

Bird and Lime are permitted to place their scooters in the Culver City public right-of-way for the six-month period between July 2018 and January 2019. During this period, the City will collect data and public feedback in order to develop comprehensive, permanent regulations for scooter sharing to be considered and adopted by the City Council after the six-month period.

Bird and Lime are required to respond to questions and concerns from the public about their scooters, and to ensure that their scooters are not interfering with the safety and well-being of pedestrians, bicyclists, and other members of the public.

 

 Bird scooter

 

 

 Lime scooter

 

 A Bird scooter.  A Lime scooter. 

 How to Contact Bird:
Phone: 1-866-205-2442
Text message: 1-213-344-0211
Email: hello@bird.co

How to Contact Lime:
Phone: 1-888-LIME-345
Text message: 1-888-546-3345
Email: support@limebike.com

Basic "Rules of the Road" for Scooter Riders

  • All riders must wear a helmet
  • You must be minimum of 18 years old with valid Driver’s License to operate a scooter
  • Vehicles are to be ridden on streets, and where available, in bike lanes and bike paths
  • Riding on the sidewalk is strictly prohibited
  • Riding on streets with a speed limit greater than 25 miles per hour is prohibited, unless you are in a bike lane
  • Users shall ride responsibly
  • Users shall yield to pedestrians
  • Vehicles must be parked in the permitted areas only
  • When riding on-street, follow the rules of the road, following all motor vehicle laws and applicable ordinances of the City
  • Vehicles are to stay to the right of street lanes and to yield the right of way to bicycles in bike lanes and on bike paths
  • Vehicles are not to be used for racing, “stunts”, or jumps

 

Parking Guide for Scooter Riders

 

Properly parked scooters.

 

 

 

 

Scooters parked properly in the “landscape/furniture zone” of the sidewalk. (Source: Bird)

 

 

Properly parked scooters. Scooters parked properly in the “landscape/furniture zone” of the sidewalk. (Source: Bird)

DO:

Park upright in the landscape/furniture zone of the sidewalk
Park beside a bicycle rack
Park in areas specifically designated for bicycle parking.

DO NOT:

Impede the regular flow of travel or ADA access
Block driveways or entryways
Block curb ramps or crosswalks
Park on private property, except as permitted by the property owner
Interfere with access to parked vehicles
Block access to parked vehicles, parking meters, or parking pay stations
Block access to bike racks or news racks
Block fire hydrants, call boxes, utility poles, or traffic signal cabinets

AVOID PARKING IN OR DIRECTLY NEXT TO:

Bus stop zones
Loading zones
Disabled parking zones
Benches, bus shelters, and transit information signs
Curb ramps
Entryways
Driveways

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I see someone acting recklessly on a scooter. What do I do?
If the public is not in immediate danger, please contact Bird or Lime. If someone on a scooter is threatening public safety, please dial 9-1-1.

A scooter is blocking the sidewalk, or otherwise parked incorrectly. What do I do?
Please contact Bird or Lime. They are required to move the scooter, as appropriate, within two hours (6 AM to 7 PM) or 10 hours (7 PM to 6 AM). You are also welcome to roll the scooter to a safer location. There may be a beeping noise when you roll the scooter. The beeping will stop when the scooter is not in motion.

Someone parked a scooter in front of my home or business and I don’t want it there. What do I do?
Please contact Bird or Lime. Bird and Lime are required to remove all scooters from service for inspection at least once every 24 hours. You are also welcome to roll the scooter to a different location. There may be a beeping noise when you roll the scooter. The beeping will stop when the scooter is not in motion.

Bird and Lime placed several lined-up scooters outside my home or business and I don’t want them there.
Please contact Bird or Lime.

I noticed a safety problem with my scooter. It’s damaged or isn’t working properly.
Please contact Bird or Lime.  They are required to remove the scooter from service.

I want Bird or Lime to place scooters outside my home or business.
Please contact Bird or Lime.

I think there are too many scooters in Culver City.
Bird and Lime adjust the number of scooters that they place in the City on a daily basis. If the average number of rides per scooter per day is approximately less than three (3), the City generally requires Bird and Lime to remove scooters. If the average number of rides per scooter per day is approximately more than five (5), the City will generally allow Bird and Lime to add scooters.

Why I can’t board the bus with Bird/Lime scooters?
Culver CityBus currently doesn’t allow non-foldable scooters to board the buses, as there is not enough space on the bus to place the scooters without falling and blocking access.
 
What are the Culver City streets where it is legal to ride?

Scooters may be ridden on streets with a speed limit of 25 miles per hour or less. Due to existing state law, on streets with a speed limit of more than 25 miles per hour, scooters may only ride in a bike lane. 

 

Map of Culver City streets where electric scooter riding is prohibited. Click on the photo for a higher resolution image.

Additional Information

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If you have questions, comments, or concerns about scooter share policy in Culver City, please contact the Culver City Transportation Department at scootershare@culvercity.org or (310) 253-6500.

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