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Santa Monica Tightens Reins on Motor Scooters

Man driving on scooter

In the aftermath of an accident involving a woman on an electric scooter in early January, city officials in Santa Monica have issued a statement, both reinforcing existing regulations and warning scooter operators about the potential risk involved with unlicensed scooter operators. City officials said they look forward to working with any new companies that enter the scooter rental business, but worry that some of them don’t have effective policies in place to protect riders.

The woman who was injured was apparently riding the scooter without a helmet, and sustained serious injury when she collided with a car. The company that leased the motor scooter to her has launched an application that allows people to pay for a scooter by the minute. Officials say the company had not obtained a valid business license and could not operate its vehicles on public roads.

The city’s statement re-emphasized existing laws that apply to motorized scooters in California:

  • Anyone on a scooter must be wearing a helmet when the bike is moving
  • A person cannot operate a scooter without a valid drivers license or without an instruction permit
  • Passengers are not allowed on a motorized scooter
  • Scooter operators may not ride on sidewalks at any time, only on the road
  • A person may only operate a scooter at night if it has lights and visible reflectors
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California Full of Good Motorcycle Clubs


Mention motorcycle clubs to most people and you’ll get a dirty look. There’s a common (and incorrect) perception that all organized motorcycle groups are gangs, engaged in illegal activity and acts of violence. On the contrary, officials say that about 1% of the motorcycle clubs in California are what police consider to be “outlaw” clubs. Here are three of the better known “good” clubs throughout the state:

  • The Folsom Freedom Riders—This club welcomes law enforcement officers as members. It’s open to men and women, and there’s no requirement that you have any specific career interest or affiliation.
  • The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, with affiliates in California, is an African-American club with the stated mission “to promote a positive image that would be respected in the community and throughout the country.” Club members consider themselves role models for their communities. Founded in 1994, the Buffalo Soldiers participate in a number of annual charities, including providing Thanksgiving food baskets in communities across the country.
  • Bikers Against Child Abuse—With five chapters in the Golden State, BACA dedicates its efforts to empowering abused children. Founded in 1995 by child therapist John Paul Lilly, BACA is active in 48 states and nine countries.

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