The City of Columbus has announced new regulations for shared bicycles and scooters in the city.
The regulations include:
- Companies seeking to offer Shared Mobility Devices for public use must obtain permits from the department to operate in the city. A maximum of eight companies at any one time may offer their products in the city.
- Scooters and bikes must be parked upright and can’t be parked in vehicle portions of the street. They can’t block doorways, ramps, fire escapes, bus shelters or driveways.
- The City of Columbus may designate parking/staging spots for the devices in the city to assist with keeping order in the public’s right of way.
- Each company can have a maximum of 500 devices. They can’t go faster than 15mph.
- Companies offering Shared Mobility Devices are required to educate riders on responsible and legal use of their devices.
- Companies offering Shared Mobility Devices must deploy at least some of devices in neighborhoods outside of the Central Business District as designated by the Office of the Mayor.
- Companies offering Shared Mobility Devices must put in place access to the service for those without credit cards.
- Companies with existing operations will have 30 days to come into compliance.
“I have ridden them they are super fun but I’ve seen a lot of people definitely it needs regulated, absolutely,” said William Besaw. “I mean I’ve seen people almost get hit because they run a red light or they’re on the sidewalk you should be in the streets I don’t think they should just have a free for all.”
The city calls most of the regulations ‘common sense.’
“These cover basically the storage in the public right of way basically where they can be parked things of this sort,” said Assistant Director of Public Service Jeff Ortega.
“I think it’s a great idea. You don’t want then just kind of laying around where anyone can hit them,” said Inabell Holsinger.
Next, the city is working on operating regulations. Those will be released in the near future.