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

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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California Bikers Work to Improve Motorcycle Club Image

Headlights of motorbikes

A Southern California man is trying to change the reality and the perception of the image of motorcycle clubs. Known simply as “Tombstone,” the man formed the SCCOC, or Southern California Confederation of Clubs, in 1988. He says, however, that the idea came a few years before that, after he grew weary of attending funerals and watching friends and family deal with constant clashes between clubs.

According to Tombstone, when he first proposed the idea, very few people were interested. There was little interest in sitting down and working out differences. That started to change in the mid-1980s, when federal officials began cracking down on motorcycle clubs across the country. SCCOC held its first meeting in Orange County in 1988, with 20 different clubs in attendance. The California group now has more than 100 clubs in its membership and has spawned more than 60 similar groups across the United States, including the National Coalition of Motorcyclists. There are also all-female groups within the SCCOC.

According to Tombstone, SCCOC spends most of its time and energy as an advocacy group for bikers, while keeping motorcyclists involved and informed about issues that affect them. He says that recent meetings have included discussions of lane-sharing and anti-profiling laws, and SCCOC has been proactive in the “Save the Patch” campaign, designed to prevent law enforcement officers from wrongfully seizing or confiscating a biker’s distinctive club patch.

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Common Causes of Scooter Accidents

Scooter down in the street

With the advances in technology and construction, scooters have become a viable option for commuters and others as a reliable and cost-effective means of transportation. You can get a good scooter for less than a couple thousand dollars and you can typically get upwards of 65-75 miles per gallon. They have more get up and go than a moped, so they’re great for getting around town, and it’s easy to find a place to park them.

But if you opt for a scooter as your mode of transportation, you need to take proactive measures to minimize the risk of injury in an accident. With a scooter, as with a motorcycle, there’s little to protect you if you lose control or are involved in a collision.

The Principle Causes of Scooter Accidents

Similar to motorcycles, the primary cause of accidents involving scooters is the failure of other motorists to pay necessary attention. As a result, the majority of scooter accidents involve collisions with other motor vehicles:

  • Head on collisions where a motorist either turns into the path of a scooter or fails to yield to the right of way of a scooter operator
  • Sideswipes where a motorist changes lanes without looking or observing a scooter
  • Left-turn or right-turn accidents where a motor vehicle operator fails to observe right of way

There are also situations where you can risk serious injury without a collision with another vehicle. Because a scooter is lighter, you can be more easily affected by potholes, dead animals or other debris on the roadway, loose gravel or dirt or uneven pavement.

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Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year!

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year!

A Bike or a Scooter – What’s Right for You?

Man driving on scooter

You’re looking for wheels and you know you want to feel the wind and the freedom that comes on two wheels. But you have options–maybe you know you’re meant to ride a Harley, but maybe your budget is limited or there are other reasons you don’t want or need a motorcycle. Here’s some valuable information to help you decide whether a motorcycle, a scooter or moped is best for you.

What’s the Difference between the Three?

As a general rule, a motorcycle has an engine with at least 150 cc, though purists will insist that if it doesn’t have at least 250cc, it’s not a motorcycle. With that type of power, a motorcycle can often reach speeds of 110 mph or higher.

A scooter, on the other hand, typically has an engine with a 50cc to 150cc range, but may have an 250cc engine. A 50cc engine typically has a top end speed of about 40 miles per hour, while a 250cc scooter can hit 75 mph.

Technically, the difference between a scooter and a moped has to do with propulsion. With a scooter, the engine propels the vehicle all the time. With a moped, the engine generally assists a rider who’s pedaling, providing only a portion of the propulsion. A moped can have the same engine size as a scooter, so can attain the same speeds.

With respect to fuel efficiency, scooters and mopeds far exceed motorcycles, though motorcycles are a cheaper way to travel than automobiles. The average motorcycle gets approximately 45 miles to the gallon, but can get upwards of 85 mpg. With a scooter, you can reasonably expect to travel more than 125 miles on a single gallon of gasoline. Scooters and mopeds have significantly smaller fuel tanks, though, so are ideally suited for commuters and not for lengthy trips.

Not surprisingly, the cost of a new motorcycle is customarily heftier than a scooter or moped. A new bike will likely cost at least $2500, whereas you can get a new scooter for under a thousand dollars. There are, however, luxury scooters that run more than $10,000.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

What to Look for in a Motorcycle Helmet

Motorcycle helmets

When it comes to motorcycle safety, your first consideration will typically be your helmet. But there are literally hundreds of different kinds of helmets to choose from, with a wide range of features. How do you know what you need and what’s just window dressing?

First, let’s be clear about what a helmet is and what it can do. It’s essentially a shell around protective material with a hole in the front so that you can see where you are going. The material in the shell can vary, and the inner lining, usually made of Styrofoam, can have multiple layers with varying degrees of density.

Studies have shown that there’s little correlation between the cost of a helmet and how much protection it will provide. Simply put-an inexpensive helmet can provide just as much, if not more, protection than an expensive one. So, instead of looking at the price of a helmet, consider instead the safety standards the helmet meets, as well as whether or not the helmet fits and doesn’t obstruct your view. You’ll want a helmet that you can wear for hours at a time without any discomfort. You’ll also want one that isn’t going to move on you, so put the helmet on and try to twist it. If you can get it on without any tight spots, an it won’t turn, it’s the right size.

Try on every helmet-don’t assume that sizes will be the same from one manufacturer to the next-they’re usually not.

There are two standards that are prevalent with motorcycle helmets-Snell M2010 and ECE 22.05. Independent testing shows that the ECE 22.05 standard offers a lighter, softer and somewhat safer helmet.

In addition, it’s generally in your best interests to get a full-face helmet, as opposed to the 3/ 4 or half helmets many riders wear. Nearly half of all head impacts in a motorcycle accident involve the facial part of the body..Full-face helmets won’t obstruct your view.

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Safety Gear for Bikers – Money Well Spent

Motorbike on the road in nature landscape

Whether or not you choose to use a lot of safety gear when you’re on a motorcycle, one thing you can agree on-it ain’t cheap!! Motorcycle safety advocates say that you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500 or more on initial safety gear-a good helmet, boots and protective clothing-when you get your first bike. And, for most, it’s money very well spent.

Your Body Isn’t Built to Ride Unprotected

It may feel great to have the wind blowing off your arms at 70 mph, but your body simply isn’t designed to take that kind of pressure and resistance. In fact, according to most scientific authority, our bodies are built to travel a maximum of 25 mph without some form of protection. Once you exceed that speed, your bones, skin and organs will be stressed beyond capacity. Something that wouldn’t faze you at 10 mph-a pine cone or a large bug-can cause serious injury at 55 mph.

Here’s another scientific fact to consider-if you lose control of your bike and hit the road, you can lose up to an inch of flesh if your bare skin hits the pavement. Never mind the pain-those types of injuries are always highly susceptible to infection.

Still think the cost is too much? Did you hear about the crash Marc Marquez, World Champion MotoGP racer had, when he lost control of his bike while traveling at 210 mph? He walked away from the accident with minor bruises and scrapes. Okay, so his safety equipment cost nearly $7,000. That seems like a small price to pay, given what could have happened.

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