In an effort to boost safety, Santa Monica-based scooter company Bird will offer ride credits to users who take a selfie while wearing a helmet.
The City Council vote will dramatically increase the number of scooters that are available in the city, potentially pushing the total to 6,000 scooters after a six-month review process.
The suit says many disabled people are now discouraged from using pedestrian rights-of-way because of the humiliation and frustration of navigating around abandoned scooters.
A fleet that currently includes 1,800 scooters citywide will be able to grow by up to 4,000 during the extended pilot period, but could increase again to 6,000 after a review period that’s expected to conclude in six months.
The City Council is expected, next week, expanding and codifying the existing scooter pilot program which would more than triple the number of scooters allowed in the city while placing more regulations on their vendors.
Changes could be coming for electric scooter riders in Long Beach regarding how fast they’re allowed to scoot down the beach bike path, if at all, as the City Council mulls policy changes before the city’s scooter pilot program concludes this month.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday requiring helmets only for people under age 18.
Long Beach started with 150 scooters. As of Thursday afternoon, the Razor Share app showed about two dozen in the city.