From the Associated Press, 4/27/2001:
Every fad usually a home on the Venice Boardwalk, but the city is telling the latest -motorized scooters- to buzz off. The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to ban motorized scooters from the Venice Beach bike path and boardwalk. The Council is also studying a ban in other areas.
Last year the state Legislature passed a law permitting motorized scooters on bike lanes unless prohibited by local ordinance.
Council woman Ruth Galanter said proliferation of motorized scooters in recent months has "created a risk to public health and safety on the bikepath and nearby Oceanfront Walk".
"Scooter operators bob and weave through foot and bicycle traffic at breakneck speeds, causing collisions on a regular basis" Galanter said...
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT, FOLKS. The typical highminded government solution: Make a name for yourself by banning a "dangerous" activity. Not just where a problem exists, but anywhere else as the last sentence of the first paragraph states.