Columbus proposes banning electric scooters from sidewalks

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Mayor Andrew Ginther has proposed banning shared mobility devices, including scooters, from city sidewalks.

The Mayor announced that on Tuesday he’s going to place emergency regulations on the scooters, encouraging operators to use them in the streets.

“The scooters are just a big huge nuisance. They seem to just be in the way. Sometimes, when you’re driving a car and when you’re trying to get somewhere those little scooters just don’t move out of the way. So, you just kind of got to maneuver around a little bit to get around them and it just be like ahhhh!” said Jaishaun Mitchell.

Mayor Ginther says it’s the city’s responsibility to protect everyone sharing the road with bikes, e-bikes and scooters.

“We have been working hard for the last several weeks to put in place some common sense guidelines for ebikes, scooters and dockless bikes we are excited about the expanding options to navigate our great city,” said Ginther.

This is why he is presenting Columbus City Council with proposed legislation by the end of the week.

“The legislation addresses issues including where mobility devices can be operated, such as keeping them on the roadway and not on sidewalks,” says Mayor Ginther.

“People are just parking them wherever they want. They’re always just in front of my house, in my way. They are in front of handicap on sidewalks and I think they’re a little annoying,” said Amanda Furnari.

Mayor Ginther says until this point the city codes have not been clear on where scooters can operate. This proposed legislation clarifies this issue and makes it safer for scooter operators, pedestrians and drivers.

Ginther says the regulations will also spell out safety rules.

“Yielding to pedestrians, navigating through traffic and bike lanes and following current traffic regulations. Again, clearly emphasizing safety,” said Ginther.

Once the legislation goes through that means riders would be ticketed if riding on sidewalks. Right now riders can only be ticketed for reckless driving.

City council adds there will be an open public forum on the week of the 17th where they encourage you to come out and voice your concerns.

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