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Understanding the Legality of Bird Scooters in Santa Monica

Navigating the bustling streets of Santa Monica, you're likely to see locals and tourists alike zipping along on electric scooters. Among the most popular brands available is Bird, which has become synonymous with convenience and eco-friendly transportation. But with new modes of transportation come new regulations, leading many people to ask: Are Bird scooters legal in Santa Monica?

The simple answer is yes, Bird scooters are legal in Santa Monica. In fact, Santa Monica was one of the first cities to welcome Bird's electric scooter sharing service. The city recognizes the importance of sustainable transportation options and has been working with companies like Bird to ensure safe and legal operation.

However, there are governing rules and regulations set by the city to ensure the safety of all road and sidewalk users. Riders must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. Helmets are strongly recommended, although no longer legally required for riders over 18. Scooters should be ridden in bike lanes where available and should not exceed the speed limit of 15 mph.

Parking of Bird scooters in Santa Monica is also regulated to avoid cluttering sidewalks and public paths. The city has designated scooter parking areas to minimize disruption and maintains clear pathways for pedestrians. It is important for users to park scooters responsibly, ensuring that they do not block driveways, curb ramps, or fire hydrants.

Santa Monica’s municipal code also indicates that electric scooters are not allowed on sidewalks. This is to ensure pedestrian safety and city accessibility. Scooter riders should observe all traffic laws, signals, and signs, just as they would when operating a bicycle or motor vehicle.

To foster compliance and safe use, Bird works closely with the city of Santa Monica to educate riders about the laws and to promote proper riding etiquette. With the joint efforts of the municipal authorities and Bird, Santa Monica continues to be a model city for integrating electric scooters into its urban fabric.

If you're planning on using a Bird scooter in Santa Monica, familiarize yourself with the local regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. By following the city's guidelines, you can contribute to the sustainable and responsible use of electric scooters in this vibrant coastal community.

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