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San Diego Mayor: Scooter companies caught violating speed rules

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 16:57:52-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The City of San Diego said Friday Lime Bike, Bird, Skip Scooters and Lyft had violated its terms of operation in regards to geofencing and other scooter operating restrictions.

Geofencing forces riders to slow down to 8 miles per hour in busy areas “like Balboa Park and our boardwalks,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer wrote on Twitter.

Bird had violations in nine different San Diego locations on July 13 and 14. Lyft and Lime Bike had violations in seven areas during that time, city officials said.

The mayor proposed last fall to require geofencing at nine locations:

  • Boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla beach areas
  • Downtown Embarcadero
  • Promenade behind the San Diego Convention Center
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade Downtown
  • Balboa Park
  • NTC Park
  • Mission Bay Park

“SD’s new scooter regulations are in place and we’re serious when it comes to enforcing rules that keep operators honest and users safe,” Faulconer posted. “We’re holding scooter companies accountable and bad actors will no longer be allowed to do business in San Diego.”

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The companies were ordered to comply with geofencing rules by July 29 or cease operations in San Diego.