Last week, several “Bird” scooters were placed in our community. This was not done in consultation with City staff and as such the City of El Segundo was not given the opportunity to collaborate with the Bird Scooter Company on how to ensure the safety of our community while also preserving our quality of life. We have agreed to allow Bird to conduct a two week trial period to assess the viability of this transportation option within El Segundo. The results of this assessment will be reported to City Council at the July 17th meeting. While we continue to work with the Bird Scooter Company towards a positive solution, it’s important for those of you who choose to use the scooters to understand the law related to their use. These scooters are classified as “motorized scooters” in the California Vehicle Code. All operators (regardless of age) are REQUIRED to wear a helmet during use and have a valid driver’s license. The scooters must be driven in the roadway and not on sidewalks. You MUST obey the rules of the road during operation. Scooters may not be parked on sidewalks in a manner that blocks the public path of travel or placed on private property. Those who do not follow these rules are subject to citation by the El Segundo Police Department. Further information on the legal operation of these scooters can be found in Sections 21220 through 21235 of the California Vehicle Code.
As part of our analysis of the impact of the Bird Scooters on our community, we would like to get your opinion. Please take a moment to complete the survey at the below link to share your thoughts with us.