How can shared active transportation programs best be implemented to provide additional transportation choices while addressing safety, economics, and other concerns of the community?
Bikeshare programs first emerged in 2010 and can now be found in nearly every major American city. These programs started with technology where bicycles had to be checked out and returned to a docking station. That technology has since evolved with many bikeshare programs offering bicycles via smartphone apps that can be self-locked, eliminating the need to return to a specific docking location and providing more flexibility across the system. In late 2017, electric scooters emerged as a new form of shared mobility equipment, where users can start and end a scooter ride through a smart-phone app. These scooters also have a self-locking technology that allows this equipment to be checked out and left at a wide range of locations. Programs of this nature would provide a fleet of bicycles, e-bicycles, and/or electric scooters to the community as a local transportation option for short business and personal trips.
Cities surrounding the City of Manhattan Beach have begun to deal with issues related to shared mobility devices recently. Some cities have responded to motorized scooter sharing, bike sharing, or both in some instances. Although these devices provide additional mobility and transit options, various communities are experiencing impacts from the use and misuse of such devices. These issues include: parking in the public right-of-way and obstructing vehicle and pedestrian access; reduced sidewalk area or parking spaces (docked systems); urban clutter (dockless systems); aggressive competition/oversupply; use of public land for private purposes; potential public liabilities; scooter/pedestrian conflicts; scooter/vehicle conflicts; and increased demand on enforcement resources. These shared mobility devices, primarily electronic scooters, have been launched in cities throughout the United States absent contracts, permits or business licenses.
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. Currently, “Shared Mobility Devices” are 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. However, the ordinance is in effect until March 2020. In the meantime, shared mobility systems and devices will continue to be explored as part of the Complete Streets planning process and considered in future discussions with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG). Coordination with other south bay cities allows the City of Manhattan Beach to assess regional impacts and develop a comprehensive set of regulations
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Your participation in this survey will allow local City officials to evaluate how shared active transportation programs could best be implemented to provide additional transportation choices while addressing safety, economics, and other concerns of the community. The responses you provide will help to assess the value of these programs and areas of concern to address in the development of program regulations. Thank you in advance, for your participation.