The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger directing county agencies to develop a regulatory framework for the safe commercial operation of e-scooters in the unincorporated communities of the county.
In November 2018, the arrival of e-scooters in unincorporated Altadena and East Pasadena created a serious concern about the potential public safety and nuisance issues that e-scooters have caused in other jurisdictions.
Barger’s motion directs the CEO, in collaboration with county departments and agencies, to develop a pilot program in 45 days with regulations allowing for the safe operation and storage of shared e-scooters and bikes on county roadways.
“We want a collaborative plan that allows operators to provide a viable transit option for our residents while minimizing the potential for public nuisances, safety issues, and lawsuits ultimately paid by taxpayers,” Barger said.
The program will also include a consumer-focused website regarding safety and other information to set the stage for a safe, sustainable, and innovative approach to incorporating e-scooters and bicycles as a service to residents looking to bridge gaps in transit access.