Santa Monica College cares deeply about your safety. With the recent influx of electric scooters from Bird Rides, Inc., it is important to take a quick look at the state laws regarding electric scooters so that you can be safe. Please note that Bird Scooters are NOT allowed on any of Santa Monica College’s campuses.
California Vehicle Code (CVC) 407.5(a) defines a motorized scooter as any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, has a floorboard that is designed to be stood upon when riding, and is powered by an electric motor. CVC 21235 mandates that all scooter riders in California:
- Must wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet
- Have a valid driver license
- Ride on the road and remain off sidewalks
- May not park scooters on a sidewalk in a position that blocks pedestrian paths
Be very aware of your surroundings as you may not be seen or heard by other vehicles. Drive cautiously and defensively. Please be safe and be a responsible rider. Use common sense: don’t forget that these scooters are motorized vehicles, not toys, operating on streets.
SMC is a Complete Dismount Zone
As much as we want you to ride to campus, you can't ride through campus. There are simply too many people and the pathways are narrow.
Dismount or risk a $300 ticket