California scraps helmet mandate for motorized scooters

Posted at 3:41 PM, Sep 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Adult Californians soon won’t have to wear helmets while riding motorized scooters.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday requiring helmets only for people under age 18.

It comes as scooter rental services provided by companies like Bird rise in popularity across California, delighting riders but rankling motorists, pedestrians and city officials.

San Francisco banned the scooters earlier this year because of concerns about riders not wearing helmets and violating other laws. In August it awarded permits for a scooter pilot program to several companies but did not give one to Bird, Lime or Spin.

Bird backed the no-helmet law.

The law also sets a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour for the scooters.

It takes effect Jan. 1.

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