PRESS RELEASE: City Council Adopts Rules for Dockless Scooters and Bicycles

Los Angeles - Today, City Council approved a set of rules and regulations for the operation of dockless vehicles in the City of Los Angeles, which will begin with an initial 120-day Conditional Use Permit (CUP) period to allow the Department of Transportation to issue permits to dockless vehicle companies. Following the 120-day CUP period, a 1-year pilot will begin. Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion on October 3 of last year instructing the Department to develop rules and regulations, and after nearly a year of work, multiple reports and committee hearings, they were approved unanimously today in Council.

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September 4, 2018

 

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City Council Adopts Rules for Dockless Scooters and Bicycles

The guidelines approved today, in response to a Ryu motion, are a first for the City of Los Angeles

 

Los Angeles - Today, City Council approved a set of rules and regulations for the operation of dockless vehicles in the City of Los Angeles, which will begin with an initial 120-day Conditional Use Permit (CUP) period to allow the Department of Transportation to issue permits to dockless vehicle companies. Following the 120-day CUP period, a 1-year pilot will begin. Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion on October 3 of last year instructing the Department to develop rules and regulations, and after nearly a year of work, multiple reports and committee hearings, they were approved unanimously today in Council.

“Today is a big day for dockless bikes and scooters in Los Angeles, ensuring not only the safety of riders and other road users, but also for the development of first-last mile option in the City. ” Councilmember Ryu said. “The rules approved today reflect a year’s worth of work and careful consideration, and I will be closely monitoring their effectiveness with the Department of Transportation in the weeks and months ahead.”

The rules approved today include a 3,000 vehicle cap per operator as well as requirements that dockless bikes and scooters be parked in the upright position to keep the right-of-way clear. It also asks the Department of Transportation to report back on building out safe alternatives to sidewalk riding, which is illegal in the State of California, and potential revenue from the pilot to support active transportation infrastructure, education and enforcement. Furthermore, it allows each Council office to establish how dockless bikes and scooters are rolled out in their district, and prohibit parking of dockless bikes and scooters in specified areas.

“Everyone in Los Angeles knows we face traffic challenges,” Councilmember Ryu said. “We need to be open to all solutions, and support those who want an easy way to connect to existing transit infrastructure. With these rules in place, we will be able to support this mobility option, and ensure it is done safely and responsibly.”

Read Councilmember Ryu’s motion here.

Find the Council file here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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