The battle of the sidewalk has taken a turn in favor of removing electric scooters from public access. The Beverly Hills city council voted 4 to 1 in favor of banning electric scooters on any Beverly Hills public right-of-way or public property. The ban was issued in retaliation to the tactics of electric scooter share companies such as Lime and Bird. For those who may not be aware, the electric scooters laying on sidewalks are typically the property of Bird or Lime and can be rented for a fee using a smartphone app. Concern regarding public safety and the potential for electric scooter fatal accidents led to the citywide ban. Beverly Hills anticipates they will revisit the issue in 6 months with a plan of action for handling the increased use of electric scooters.
While this might not cause a domino effect in other cities within Los Angeles County, it does set forth another template for other cities to follow instead of the route of Santa Monica regarding the regulation of shared electric scooters. For now, it would appear that city officials are evidence gathering to determine their course of action with the increasing fleets of the electric scooter companies. Regardless of the regulations surrounding the electric bikes, users should always do so safely and other motor vehicles must respect their space on roadways.