Operation of Shared Mobility Devices
On August 21, 2018, the Manhattan Beach City Council approved an urgency ordinance prohibiting the use of “Shared Mobility Devices” within the City of Manhattan Beach. Effective immediately, “Shared Mobility Devices” will be prohibited from being operated in the public right-of-way, being placed in the public right-of-way or on public property, or offered for use anywhere within the City of Manhattan Beach.
A “Shared Mobility Device” is defined as; any wheeled device (other than an automobile or motorcycle) that is powered by a motor; is accessed by an on-demand portal (i.e. smartphone application, membership card or similar method); is operated by a private entity that owns, manages, and maintains devices for shared use by members of the public and is available to members of the public in unstaffed, self-service locations, except those locations which are designated by the City of Manhattan Beach.
It is now illegal to; park, leave standing, leave lying, abandon, or otherwise place a shared mobility device in a public right-of-way, or on public property anywhere within the City of Manhattan Beach; operate a shared mobility device in a public right-of-way or on public property anywhere within the City of Manhattan Beach.
The purpose of this ordinance is to allow for adequate pedestrian safety throughout the City and to provide time for the City to develop a comprehensive set of regulations regulating such devices.