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Comic-Con 2019: Road closures and e-scooter rules

Posted: 7:24 PM, Jul 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-18 08:40:21-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Making your way around the totally transformed downtown San Diego are could be tricky, unless you're Comic-Con attendee Hillary Wirkowski.

"I've been doing this for 11 years now, so we're kind of pros at it," Wirkowski said.

Her trip from Pittsburgh to Comic-Con 2019 was seamless.

"I went from Pittsburgh to Detroit, Detroit to San Diego, landed here, got an Uber to our hotel, took the train system here, and here I am, just across the street!" Wirkowski said.

This year, the San Diego Metro Transit System (MTS) expects more than 400,000 additional trolley riders during the convention, especially with the massive road closures that have been put in place.

The streets adjacent to the San Deigo Convention Center, including Harbor Drive, North and South Embarcadero pedestrian walk, Front Street, Park Boulevard, and the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge, are for pedestrians only. That means, absolutely no cars, bikes, pedicabs, e-scooters, even skateboards.

The Gaslamp District is also a pedestrian area. However, e-scooters are allowed, as long as they are slowed down [geofenced ] to 3 mph, and are not parked or picked up there.

Officials say the goal is to avoid any accidents in a congested area. The basic e-scooter rules are as follows:

-- NO Riding on Sidewalks
-- NO double riding: One scooter, one rider
-- NO drinking and riding: All DUI rules apply to e-scooters
-- NO riding in pedestrian-only areas
-- NO skipping the helmet if you are under 18 years old

"The San Diego Police Department will be closely monitoring scooter operators and users to ensure proper usage and compliance of the law," SDPD Assistant Chief Keith Lucas said.

Of course, if you are a pro like Wirkowski, you avoid it all by just walking and using the trolley.

"[The trolley is] pretty straightforward on buying your ticket, and it takes me right where I need to be here so yeah, [I'm a] big fan," Wirkowski told 10News.