Below is a brief outline of the main events in the history of our advocacy and the scooter rental industry in San Diego.
DecoBike docked pedal bike scheme starts.
Bird motorized scooters for rent appear on sidewalks in San Diego.
Feb 2018 - June 2019
City Refuses to enforce regulations prohibiting encroachment of sidewalks and running unpermitted business from sidewalks.
Bird is reported to have initiated their Save Our Sidewalks pledge of $1 per scooter to be donated to each city in which they operate to build more bike lanes. A public records request later reveals no donated money was received by the City of San Diego.
Safe Walkways group formed on Facebook.
CM Bry & Gomez working group works on a new SMD ordinance.
2018 & 2019
Safe Walkways testimony to numerous meetings of Council.
Assembly Member Todd Gloria and D3 Council Member Chris Ward attend and promote Bird's announcement of their Community Program to address safety issues affecting pedestrians. The public was told that this would enable the reporting of dangerous driving such as driving on sidewalks, but it didn't.
September 19 2018
Scooter companies make presentations to Public Safety & Livable Neighborhoods committee.
Mayor Faulconer announces his dept. will develop the SMD ordinance, replacing CMs Bry and Gomez. Consideration of the proposals is transferred from Public Safety & Livable Neighborhoods committee to the Active Transportation & Infrastructure committee.
DecoBike Scheme ends
Safe Walkways publishes paper on Carbon Footprint Impact of Scooter rental industry in SD.
January 19 2019
Disability Rights California class-action lawsuit against City and Scooter companies filed.
February 6 2019
Safe Walkways presentation to Public Safety & Livable Neighborhoods committee on ticketing illegally parked scooters and geofencing needed for streets that are illegal for motorized scooters.
Mission Beach Town Council proposes City ban scooters from boardwalk. MB residents hold protest on boardwalk in support.
California Assembly Member Todd Gloria writes letter to City with recommendations for SMD ordinance.
April 23 2019
City Council considers Mayor Faulconer's proposed ordinance to regulate Shared Mobility Device companies in San Diego. This will establish a permitting scheme, require indemnification by the companies against City liability and require data to be provided to the City. It also legitimizes the use of sidewalks for staging and parking outside of downtown.
May 14 2019
Second reading by Council of Mayor's proposed ordinance governing SMD companies.
County of SD Grand Jury report published.
City of SD SMD ordinance starts.
August thru January inc 2019
1st. 6mo permit period starts. 22,000 scooters requested and allocated.
August thru January inc 2019
City impounds thousands of scooters during Comic-con
City fines for blocking street sweeping start.
City of SD submits response to CGJ report.
City passes ordinance to ban motorized vehicles on MB boardwalk.
Citizens meet with Mayor's staff to discuss update to SMD ordinance. No update is proposed to Council. No update is made.
January 21 2020
DRC class-action lawsuit - scooter companies removed.
February thru July inc 2020
2nd 6mo permit period starts. Scooters requested and allocated = 11,500.
Sweep 5-year contract starts: $540,000/yr for 2 teams 14h / day 7 days / week
City stops fines for blocking street sweeping.
COVID restrictions imposed on public gatherings. Hospitality businesses close.
June, July, August 2020
3rd 6mo permit period starts. Scooters requested and allocated = 6,500.
November 3, 2020
Elections for Mayor and Council held. Todd Gloria elected Mayor.
City ceases to produce Weekly Scooter Metric report.
December 10, 2020
Todd Gloria takes office as Mayor of San Diego, replacing Kevin Faulconer.
January 20, 2021
Members of Council take office.
As the ordinance governing SMD companies has not been updated, as the public was promised in 2019, Safe Walkways publishes its own proposed ordinance update.
February thru July inc 2021
4th 6mo permit period starts. Scooters requested and allocated = 11,500.
Director Muto presents RFP and MC change proposals to AT&I committee for approval. Not approved. Committee requests proposals to get scooters off sidewalks and account for the full cost of the SMD industry on the City.
February thru August inc 2021
City contractor Sweep impounds one scooter per day on average.
August thru January inc 2021
5th 6mo permit period starts. Scooters requested and allocated = 14,500.
City fines for blocking street sweeping re-start.
Safe Walkways presents GET SCOOTERS OFF WALKWAYS petition to Mayor.
Sweep impounds 15 scooters.
November 10, 2021.
City RFP for SMD service published
Safe Walkways Presents RFP Action Requests to Council, Mayor and Director of S&M dept.
February thru July inc 2022
6th 6mo permit period starts. Scooters requested and allocated = unknown.
January 21, 2022:
Deadline for RFP proposals.
July 31, 2022
End of 6th permitting period. Possible start of RFP contracts with selected SMD companies.