1,500 new electric scooters and bikes coming soon to Columbus streets

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — More than one thousand new electric scooters and bikes could be rolling out on the streets of Columbus soon.

The city gave new companies the green light for the electric rides, but now the city is about to reach its maximum amount that can be on the street.

Jump and Spin are the new vendors that got the green light from the city to roll out with electric scooters and bikes.

Another one, named Roam, is in the process to obtain its final permit.

Each vendor is allowed up to 500 mobility devices, meaning 1,500 more than Columbus already has.

“Are you serious? So it’s going to be overcrowded with scooters,” neighbor, John Hudson said.

The city can only give permits to 8 vendors. So there will now be five vendors including, Bird and Lime which launched last fall.

“I mean I guess it’s a good way for people to get around, I guess it’s good for the business,” neighbor, Garrett Graham said.

To put things into perspective, there are currently more than 879,000 people living in Columbus

and with 2,500 electric scooters and bikes hitting the streets, that means there will be one electric scooter or bike for every 350 people.

“It’s probably good for the environment and helps the traffic of people rely on it,” neighbor, Hannah Gwyn said.  

Some people are worried the influx of electric rides will come with safety issues.

Sheetal Patel said she watched someone get hit by a car while riding a scooter.

“I think they’re cool, people have a lot of fun, people just need to be careful,” Patel said.

We reached out to the city to see if any new regulations will come with the wave of electric rides and was sent the following statement:

The Columbus Division of Infrastructure Management continues to monitor the behavior of the vendors and tendencies of the user. Our goal continues to be focused on safety and the support of mobility options. Since we are now entering the first full season of shared mobility devices in the City of Columbus, we will continue to evaluate and implement the best practices that fit the city and our residents.

Regulations for mobility devices include:

– No person operating a mobility device should do so on any streets if the posted speed limit is over 35 mph unless in a dedicated bike lane or shared use path.

– No person operating a mobility device shall exceed a speed greater than 20 miles per hour.

– No person under the age of sixteen (16) shall operate a mobility device upon any street or highway or any public or private property used by the public for purposes of vehicular travel or parking except on a shared use path.

– No person shall operate a bicycle or mobility device upon a sidewalk, except when necessary to go on or off adjacent properties or to park.

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