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    LASD West Hollywood is Cracking Down on Scooter / E-Bike Violations

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    The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station issued 23 Scooter/E-Bike citations in May, the highest number this year, indicating that LASD WeHo is cracking down on riders who are not following the rules in the City of West Hollywood.

    The 23 citations are in stark contrast with previous months. So far this year, LASD WeHo issued zero citations in April, two in March, one in February, and zero in January.

    The crackdown comes after calls from community members to enforce citations for scooters and e-bikes riding on sidewalks, making it a hazard for pedestrians—especially for the handicapped and elderly who risk injury when scooters fly past them at top speeds.

    On July 1, 2021, the City of West Hollywood launched the Dockless Micromobility Pilot Program with e-scooters and e-bikes. The pilot program is part of the City of West Hollywood’s efforts to expand its transportation network by supporting a range of environmentally sustainable options to get around the city and enhance the connectivity and mobility of multimodal transportation alternatives for the region at large. The City of West Hollywood works regularly with residents, businesses, and the community to develop innovative solutions to transportation challenges and to balance the needs of people who walk, bike, use transit, and drive in the city.

    On December 18, 2023, the City Council approved moving forward with the next phase of the program implementation, which includes substantial revisions to the contract such as increased program fees, public right-of-way fees, penalty fees, mandatory parking areas, and a strict policy requiring operators to promptly respond to service requests and complaints.

    Scooter and e-bike riders must follow the following rules:

    • Have a valid driver license or instructional permit.
    • Wear a helmet if you are UNDER the age of 18.
    • Ride all devices on the road, never on the sidewalk.
    • Riders are allowed to ride in the bike lanes whenever possible and must ride in the direction of traffic.
    • Park in designated parking stations. Devices should never block the sidewalk or an ADA access point, nor be parked on private property.
    • Ride Solo – only one person is allowed on a device at a time.
    • Follow all traffic and right-of-way regulations (stop signs, yielding to pedestrians, one-way streets, etc).

    If a law enforcement officer catches you not obeying the California code, you should expect to receive a fine for the following violations:

    • Exceeding the speed limit for e scooters – up to $250
    • Riding an e scooter under the age of 16 – up to $200
    • Riding an e-scooter on a sidewalk ( except when parking) – up to $200
    • Riding with a passenger on an e scooter – up to $200
    • Riding an e scooter without a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit – up to $200
    • Failure to wear a helmet on an e scooter under the age of 18 – up to $25

    To learn more, click on the link below:

    https://www.weho.org/city-government/city-departments/community-development-department/long-range-planning/mobility-planning

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Jonathan
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    1 month ago

    You do not need a liscene to ride a ebike that travels up to 28mph. This article is lying.

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    1 month ago

    How about we start cracking down on serious crimes first!

    not enough
    not enough
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    1 month ago

    Too little, too late. The fines should be much higher. We need help on Santa Monica Blvd. It’s a lawless zone.

    Bill
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    1 month ago

    Stop it Karan now

    Cy Husain
    Cy Husain
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    1 month ago

    It looks like some wealthy white elites backed by the fossil fuel & automotive industry are out to destroy the economical environmentally friendly e-scooters & bikes that pose a very real threat of making their lucrative environmentally destroying industry obsolete. They are currently doing their best to keep Public Transit alternatives like light rail and electric buses out of West Hollywood and, now that private e-transportation poses a threat to their monopoly of fossil consuming private vehicles, it’s on their hit list & they’re calling their enforcers. We need another street take over protest for Public Streets

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