Respectful Riding in Long Beach

In Long Beach to ride an e-scooter you must:

Be at least 18 years of age

Possess a valid driver’s license

Must have agreed to the City of Long Beach-required liability waiver

Must wear a helmet at all times

Request a free helmet here

Must comply with all relevant provisions of the California Vehicle Code

Must comply with the Long Beach Municipal Code

Not ride on sidewalks at any time

Not ride on the Beach Bike Path at any time


California Vehicle Code

Article 5. Operation of Motorized Scooters

CVC 21229 (a) Whenever a class II bicycle lane has been established on a roadway, any person operating a motorized scooter upon the roadway shall ride within the bicycle lane, except that the person may move out of the lane under any of the following situations:

(1) When overtaking and passing another vehicle or pedestrian within the lane or when about to enter the lane if the overtaking and passing cannot be done safely within the lane.

(2) When preparing for a left turn, the operator shall stop and dismount as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or right edge of the roadway and complete the turn by crossing the roadway on foot, subject to the restrictions placed on pedestrians in Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 21950).

(3) When reasonably necessary to leave the bicycle lane to avoid debris or other hazardous conditions.

(4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.

(b) No person operating a motorized scooter shall leave a bicycle lane until the movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided in Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 22100) in the event that any vehicle may be affected by the movement.

CVC 21235 The operator of a motorized scooter shall not do any of the following:

(a) Operate a motorized scooter unless it is equipped with a brake that will enable

the operator to make a braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

(b) Operate a motorized scooter on a highway with a speed limit in excess of 25 miles per hour unless the motorized scooter is operated within a class II bicycle lane.

(c) Operate a motorized scooter without wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards described in Section 21212.

(d) Operate a motorized scooter without a valid driver’s license or instruction permit.

(e) Operate a motorized scooter with any passengers in addition to the operator.

(f) Operate a motorized scooter carrying any package, bundle, or article that prevents the operator from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.

(g) Operate a motorized scooter upon a sidewalk, except as may be necessary to enter or leave adjacent property.

(h) Operate a motorized scooter on the highway with the handlebars raised so that the operator must elevate his or her hands above the level of his or her shoulders in order to grasp the normal steering grip area.

(i) Leave a motorized scooter lying on its side on any sidewalk, or park a motorized scooter on a sidewalk in any other position, so that there is not an adequate path for pedestrian traffic.

(j) Attach the motorized scooter or himself or herself while on the roadway, by any means, to any other vehicle on the roadway.

Long Beach Municipal Code

Long Beach Municipal Code

10.38.020 Driving on sidewalks.

A. No operator of any automobile, truck, tractor, motorcycle or power driven scooter shall drive the same within or upon any sidewalk area in the City, except at a permanent or temporary driveway.

B. No operator of any motorized scooter shall drive the same upon any bike path on the beach or any bike path adjacent to a City marina.

9.42.100 Operating vehicles on private property prohibited.

A. No person shall operate or drive a motor vehicle, motorcycle, mini-bike, trail bike, dune buggy, motor scooter, jeep or other form or motor vehicular transportation upon the private property of another or upon any public property which is not held open to the public for any vehicular use and which is not subject to the provisions of the Vehicle Code of the State.