San Diego limits the number of scooters and e-bikes allowed in the city

San Diego caps the number of scooter companies and limits the number of scooters on city streets.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego has changed the way e-scooter and e-bike companies can operate in the city.

At a hearing on Tuesday, members of city council unanimously approved several changes to the ordinance that governs shared mobility devices.

Changes include capping the number of scooters from 11,050 citywide to 8,000 as well as limiting the number of vendors that can operate in San Diego.

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Additionally, the revised ordinance requires scooter companies to ensure that riders are over 16 and have valid identification. It also prohibits cyclists from renting more than one scooter or e-bike at a time. Other changes include implementing new geofencing needed to keep shared mobility devices away from sidewalks and inside designated parking corrals.

City council members changed the shared mobility device ordinance as the city faces multiple lawsuits. The lawsuits include a 2019 class action lawsuit filed by California Disability Rights on scooters blocking access to sidewalks and city streets for people in wheelchairs and with reduced mobility.

The city and the disability rights group must submit a joint motion to dismiss the class action. Disability Rights California did not respond to a request for comment on the status of the litigation.

Last year, the city also filed a lawsuit against scooter companies that operate in San Diego. The lawsuit sought to force scooter companies to defend the city in lawsuits brought by cyclists or those who have been harmed in some way by shared mobility devices. That lawsuit is now nearing completion and is listed as dismissed on the state court’s website.

In a statement on the lawsuit, a city spokesperson said the city could not comment on the ongoing litigation.

The city will now move forward with issuing new licenses to shared mobility device operators looking to do business in San Diego. This process will begin in July.

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