February 21, 2024
CRSSD Fest at San Diego County Waterfront Park. Courtesy photograph

The times of dodging scooters and skateboards on San Diego’s waterfront sidewalks and walkways might quickly be coming to an finish.

The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners accredited new laws Tuesday to solely permit motorized mobility units — akin to electrical bikes, motorized pedicabs, motorized scooters, hoverboards, motorized boards and skateboards — to function on roadways, parking heaps, bike lanes, and streets.

They are going to be prohibited from working on sidewalks, promenades, multi-use pathways, nature trails, piers, plazas, parking garages, parks, and piers. Pedal-only pedicabs will probably be allowed to function on sure designated mixed-use sidewalks and pathways.

The board additionally voted to require all motorized and non-motorized pedicabs to have a Pedicab Working Settlement as of February 15, 2024, which can embody a code of conduct.

“We’re placing public security first, clearly designating pedicab routes, and supporting accountable pedicab firms and operators,” stated Board of Port Commissioners chair Rafael Castellanos.

The brand new laws, which go into impact in mid-December, additionally prohibit amplified sound and music from pedicabs, require official placards or decals, and prohibit kids beneath 16 to function a motorized machine.

There can even exceptions permitting for ADA-compliant units, akin to motorized wheelchairs.

Violations of the code might lead to citations or the suspension or termination of working agreements. As soon as the brand new laws go into impact, the general public is inspired to report complaints at (619) 725-6080, [email protected], or at portofsandiego.org/pedicabs.