▶CAL­I­FOR­NI­ANS COULD RIDE SCOOT­ERS WITH­OUT HEL­METS UN­DER BILL:

Ripon Bulletin - - Local/state -

SACRA­MENTO (AP) — Cal­i­for­ni­ans could ride mo­tor­ized scoot­ers with­out hel­mets un­der leg­is­la­tion headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Law­mak­ers in the Cal­i­for­nia As­sem­bly passed the bill Wed­nes­day. It would let adults ride the de­vices with­out hel­mets and al­low riders to travel on faster­mov­ing streets.

The bill re­quires Brown’s ap­proval to be­come law. Scooter com­pany Bird backs the pro­posal.

Bird is one of sev­eral com­pa­nies that op­er­ate pop­u­lar scooter rental ser­vices peo­ple can ac­cess through mo­bile apps in Los Angeles, Oak­land and other cities through­out the United States.

The rental com­pa­nies have clashed with lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials across the coun­try as res­i­dents com­plain about riders rush­ing past pedes­tri­ans on side­walks, not wear­ing hel­mets and park­ing scoot­ers in walk­ways.

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