• Petitioned California State Senate

This petition was delivered to:

California State Senate
California-073
State Rep. Diane Harkey
California-038
State Sen. Mark Wyland
California-034
State Sen. Lou Correa

Add Scootering to California Hazardous Recreational List

    1. Lisa Klipfel
    2. Petition by

      Lisa Klipfel

      san clemente, CA

Scooter riding popularity has increased and has developed into "trick" or "freestyle" scooter riding. The cities through out the state are concerned about their liability when scooter riders use a public skate park. Many cities have banned scooter usage in their parks because they are not on the Hazardous Recreational Activities list, as skateboarders. Scooter riders are being kicked out by police and even fined. We need your help in getting scootering added to the California Hazardous Recreational List, so cities will have the option to add scooter riding to current and new skateparks.

WHAT IS THE HAZARDOUS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES (HRA) LIST

California code 831.7 lists recreational activities that are considered a substantial rishk of injury to the participant or spectator.

WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE ALREADY ON THE HRA LIST?

The following activities are on the California HRA list: skateboarding, animal riding, bicycle racing or jumping, mountain biking, boating, skiing, hang gliding, kayaking, auto racting, rock climbing, SCUBA diving, skydiving, paragliding, surfing, trampolining, tree climbing, waterskiing, white water rafting and windsurfing, among others.

WHY SHOULD SCOOTERING BE ON THE HAZARDOUS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES LIST?

Scooter riding has increased in popularity. It is no longer about riding from one place to another.  It now involves the use of scooter tricks, such as jumping over edges/spines, grinding, spinning the deck around near the ground, spinning the deck over the head, and actuallying doing flips with the scooter.  If you want to see what some of the more experienced riders are doing, and why it might be considered hazardous, check this out.

WHY WOULD MY CITY WANT SCOOTERING ON THE HRA LIST?

When an activity is on the state hazardous recreational activities list, the liability for the city is limited. With skateboarding, the parks are required to put up signs that indicate that helmets, elbow and knee pads are required, as well as stating that it is a known hazardous recreational activity.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DO NOTHING?

Scooter riders will be excluded from most public skateparks in the state, because many cities do not want the increased liability to allow the scooter riders in their parks. If freestyle scooter riders are not allowed in the part of the city designed for riding, then they may utilize areas not designed for them, such as stairs, rails, etc becoming a nuisance, as skaters were deemed. Right now scooter riders have very few places to ride.

WHAT CAN I DO BEYOND SIGNING THIS PETITION?

We have created a flyer that can be downloaded, printed and taken to your local scooter store, or pass out when you see other scooter families. You can also send the flyer to friends to spread the word.  Download flyer here.

WHAT IF I'M NOT IN CALIFORNIA?

The scooter community all over the country is fighting for the right to ride! Even if you don't live in California, your state probably has a similar code that needs to be updated. We want scooter riders to have acessibility everywhere. We will do what we can to help your state or city as well.

WHAT ABOUT PRIVACY?

Only your name, city, state and date of signature will show up on the petition. This will help state legislatures know what their constituants think about this issue and how important it is to them.  You ARE the people!

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TODAY AND ENCOURAGE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SIGN IT TOO!

We are on instagram and twitter as @freedomtoscoot. We now have a facebook page - freedom to scoot. Read about other's experiences at www.FreedomToScoot.com

****July, 2012 - We need you to also write a letter to Senator Wyland, telling him your experiences directly. We are hoping he will choose to write a bill for us!  http://cssrc.us/web/38/   Sentator Correa is also considering legistation as well - http://sd34.senate.ca.gov/

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Decision-maker Darrell Steinberg responds:

      Darrell Steinberg

      Thank you for your recent communication in support of scooter riding. I understand that you support this bill because your son is an avid scooter rider and you feel that all scooter riders should have the opportunities to ride scooters in...


    2. We have reached 750 signatures!

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      We have finally reached 750 signatures. Last week, we received a sent a letter from Senator Wyland indicating he will consider writing an HRA bill. We forwarded a copy of our signatures and comments from YOU. In addition, Scooter Garage has also talked with Senator Correa about the HRA list. We are hopeful that one of these two Senators will seek our plea to change the California law to add scootering to the HRA list.

      At this point, we urge you to write letters to one or both of these Senators to explain why it's important for scootering to be added to the HRA list and why we need their help.

      Senator Wyland - http://cssrc.us/web/38/
      Senator Correa - http://sd34.senate.ca.gov/

      YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Scooter Garage shares the sympathy

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      Did you know that Scooter Garage took it's team to Orange County Skateparks and experienced first hand the discrimination against scooter riders? They have joined the scooter movement by putting up a website - www.FreedomToScoot where you can read about their experience.They really were treated like "criminals" just like some of the 10 year olds who are just wanting a place to ride. We thank Scooter Garage for really putting the word out there that this an issue to be fought. It's not about one skatepark, or one city. It's about the right, the freedom to scoot!.

    5. 39 Signatures Away from 750!

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      We are 39 votes away from 750 signatures. What can you do to help? Invite 10 people through facebook today, or email 10 friends or relatives to ask for their support. Let's get this petition to the state assembly!

    6. We are over 700 signatures

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      With the US Scooter Championships this weekend, we want to congratulate all the winners and thank all the participants, as well as the ISA and all the sponsors. These championships are the goal and destination place where some of our new riders are striving to be. We want every rider to have the ability to practice in an open public park, but some cannot because of the laws. We want to make scooter riding accessible to everyone. If you have already signed this petition, please share with people through email or facebook. It is people like you who will be making a difference. We need to get the attention of our elected officials to take notice of the scooter community. So, please share and ask others to sign.

    7. We have over 500 signatures!

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for everyone who has signed our petition. We at 575! Please ask your spouse, neighbors, friends and family to sign. It starts with a question, "Will you consider signing our petition?". You never know who will be your advocate! Also if you have a local scooter shop near you, bring them the flyer and see if they will allow it to be at the counter. Let's see if we can double our numbers!

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Vert Scooter Shop supports our petition

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      Jesse from Vert Scooter Shop wants to support advocacy for scooter riders. He shared how Long Beach, CA recently gained access for scooter riders. It took the courage of people like you to stand up and ask to be listened to. Thank you Jesse and the Vert Scooter Shop for your support. If you're in Long Beach, stop in to thank them for their support!

    10. 5 Starr Scooters reaches 100 scooterers

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      5 Starr Scooters, a new scooter company specializing in pre-assembled pro scooters at a low cost, handed out over 100 petitions to scooterers Sunday at the OC Marketplace. We thank 5 Starr Scooter for their dedication to not only getting the word out to the scooter community, but truly wanting to make scootering affordable and accessible to everyone.

    11. Flyer available to pass out to your friends and scooter stores

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      We can't reach everyone through email, facebook and twitter. So, we have created a flyer that you can print and hand out to your scooter friends. It will also help to educate your local scooter store, leaving some flyers with them. Every action helps us get closer to our goal. Every action shows our representatives know that scootering is a serious sport that is here to stay.

    12. Victory Scooter gives a shout out

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      The company famous for their GRAVITY bars - Victory Scooters has posted our petition on the facebook page, as well as personally shared with facebook friends. They have been active in advocating for scootering in Southern California. We thank you for your support. And, just a congrats to your Team members that placed at the Scooter De Mayo, in Escondido, including best trick!

    13. Reached 250 signatures
    14. ISA initial response to our petition

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      We are glad that ISA (International Scooter Association) is in support of this petition. They are establishing their US representation at the US National Scooter Finals in June. I love their response to the petition that scootering has positive values such as "social inclusion, building confidence and living a healthy lifestyle" to name just a few. It is just a reminder that adding scootering to the HRA list is not just a law or bill that needs to be passed, but it is accessing and expanding a sport getting kids outside exercising, helping them with personal mastery skills which builds self esteem and a general social event. Thank you ISA!

    15. Scooter Dad Blog gives a shout out

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      It's not just scooterers and moms signing the petition. Scooter Dad Blog is helping us reach the scootering community. His family story is touching and one story many of us can relate to. Thank you Scooter Dad!

    16. Inside Scooters asks community to sign the petition

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      A huge thank you to Inside Scooters to supporting the cause of getting scootering on the HRA list to create access for scooterers. With your help, we were able to get 200 signatures in 24 hours...okay maybe it's not quite been 24 hours yet.

    17. Reached 100 signatures
    18. 5 Starr Scooters shares with their followers

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      A huge thank you to 5 Starr Scooters who shared our petition on their facebook page and their youtube page. Your advocacy and dedication to the scootering community is very much appreciated!

    19. Reached 10 signatures
    20. Local Scooter Stores sent petition

      Lisa Klipfel
      Petition Organizer

      Local Scooter Store owners have been sent a request to help us with the petition. If you are visiting Scooter Zone, Victory Scooters, SDSF, or 5 Starr Scooters, ask them how they are getting the word out and thank them for their support!

    21. Reached 5 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • justin bowman SUN CITY, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      this is important because i think scooters is an actual action sport

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    • Kym Byrne MARINA, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because it's important to the kids

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    • Emmanuel Lee WILMINGTON, DE
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I scooter and I love the sport. No matter what anybody says.

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      • over 2 years ago

      becouse i love scootering

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    • dane irvine COSTA MESA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      because scooters have no skate parks to ride at

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