Columbus holds hearing on scooter regulations

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The fast riding two-wheeled scooters have been on Columbus city streets for a little over two months reviving some negative and positive reviews from riders and people who have to share the roadways with the scooters. 

“Being that we are the smart city we want to live up to that and be a welcoming city when it comes to new transportation options,” said Councilmember, Emmanuel Remy.

Remy, chairman of public service and transportation says tonight’s hearing will give citizens a chance to express their likes and dislikes a hit the new street technology. 

Donovan O’Neil, founder of SCOOTERCbus says he knew he had to get involved in the city’s conversation when Mayor Andrew Ginther announced his proposed regulations a couple of weeks ago. 

O’Neil says he doesn’t want to see the scooters banned in Columbus like neighboring cities and suburbs including Bexley and Cleveland. 

“Any regulations or rules the city would put into place, try to mirror the same rules that are already in place for bicyclist,” said O’Neil. 

When asked how are police going to regulate these scooters from not riding them on the sidewalks and yielding to pedestrians, Remy says any regulation would most likely be in place for liability reason and not so much for policing. 

“If somebody were to cause an accident with a pedestrian because they were riding on the sidewalk we would know who was at fault in that case,” said Remy. 

Council did not vote on any proposal regulation. 

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