The Venice canals are iconic. But lately, residents say their historic, picturesque neighborhood has been changed by an enemy with two wheels.
"They leave 'em laying everywhere," says Josie Scibetta, former President of the Venice Canals Association.
She's talking about dockless, electric scooters. In places like Venice, it seems like they're everywhere: occasionally blocking streets, sidewalks, and even driveways.
"They fly over the bridges, and they keep going on a sidewalk that's like four feet wide, barely wide enough for two people to walk," she says. "Our bridges that were completely redone, new.. they're all damaged with streak marks and black marks from all of the riding."
Riders see them as a fun and speedy way to get around.
"You can pick one up and go really quick and catch the bus or even ride it to the store," says LA resident Raeanna Bennett.
Scooters hit the streets about a year ago. Two main companies, Bird and Lime, dominate the market. The demand is high and prices are relatively low. The devices work using a smartphone application.
"They make transit more attractive, right? Because you can get off a transit vehicle and if there's likely to be a scooter there close to you, you can go that last half mile or mile," says Jim Moore, USC Transportation Engineering Director.
There are laws in place, but they're often ignored. It's against the law to ride on walkways. It's also illegal to ride without a helmet or ride under the age of 18. Plus, only one rider is allowed on a scooter at a time.
Cities across the state have struggled to find the right way to regulate scooters. Beverly Hills has even banned the scooters for six months while officials come up with a plan.
LA's City Council approved new regulations in late September. A one-year pilot program will limit companies to 3,000 devices. That number can go up if companies add more scooters to low-income neighborhoods. A new speed limit would be imposed at 15mph and all scooters would require large safety warnings.
Officials from Bird did not respond to request for comment. Lime's Director of Strategic Development says he supports what LA is doing.
"We are supportive of regulations as long as they make sense. We do our best to educate our riders and everyone else that's going to be impacted by this of how they're supposed to be used, how they're supposed to be parked and there's a learning curve that comes with that."
Scibetta still thinks the companies need to do more.
"They're making all the profit and we have to deal with the congestion and the abuse."
In the meantime, those who praise scooters are left battling those who want them gone.