By Mary Lynch
Councilmember Gil Cedillo recently filed a motion to exclude CD 1 from a one-year pilot program to test widespread use of electric, dockless scooters in Los Angeles.
Cedillo’s concern is that the scooters, which can be located and rented using a phone app, have been increasingly linked to injuries and are often haphazardly dropped off where they obstruct the use of sidewalks, curbs and crosswalks for pedestrians and people in wheelchairs.
If the motion is approved, scooter-rental companies such as Uber and Lime would not be issued permits to operate in CD 1.
The motion must be passed by the City Council’s Transportation Committee before coming up for a vote by the full council. The committee is chaired by Mike Bonin of CD 11 on the city’s Westside. Staff at the committee told the Boulevard Sentinel that the motion has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.
Policy disputes about the scooters validate what the Boulevard Sentinel’s contributor, Lani Tunzi, observed in her column in February: The scooters “are becoming part of the transportation eco-system…Controversy is inevitable, but so is change.”