SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica City Council members unanimously voted to ban all non-human powered vehicles from the city’s beach bike path, the Santa Monica Pier and municipal parks on Tuesday, August 28.
In a statement released on the city of Santa Monica website, the ban on the vehicles, including electric scooters, Segways and bikes, and motorized skateboards and all other devices that are not human-powered. The ban is meant to promote public safety. The Santa Monica Police Department in addition to the Code Enforement Division will enforce illegal use of electric devices on the beach bike path, the Santa Monica Pier and in parks.
In addition to banning the electric vehicles in its popular thoroughfares, the Santa Monica City Council directed staff to study a possible speed limit on the beach bike path.
The city council voted to approve a use of public right-of-way fee for shared mobility devices of $1.00 per device, per day. Revenue from this fee will be used for infrastructure improvements like expanding sidewalks, green lanes and other changes that make walking, biking, scooter riding, and mobility around city easier and safer.
“Last night’s Council actions around shared mobility devices are focused on public safety,” said Deputy City Manager Anuj Gupta. “The City Council is committed to advancing sustainable new transportation options, while maintaining safety as a top priority. The public right-of-way fee will fuel infrastructure investments for safe streets, while prohibiting devices on the beach bike path is aimed at reducing collisions and increasing safety for all users of this popular bike path.”