Residents have love-hate relationship with motorized scooters

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The new motorized scooters in Columbus are raising questions over whether the electric rides are regulated. The city has a message for those riders. Ride at your own risk. 

Whether it’s a Bird or a bright Lime Scooter, people in Columbus are hopping on them and cruising down the street 

“It’s a good way to get around without having to walk places,” said Mia Kropp. 

18-year-old Mia Kropp and her family decided to take a ride on them around Ohio State’s campus. 

Students will see a lot of these a lime bright rental bikes and scooters on campus as the company has decided to roll out 125 of these two-wheeled rides.

No matter where you are around town people seem to love them or hate them. 

“I don’t see Many people having problems with them. I think it is mostly people who are trying them out for the first time,” said pedestrian Carla Pontilla.

“It allows you to easily get on a little scooter and go two or three blocks and get where you need to get as opposed to taking that long walk. But I do see a couple of accidents too,” said pedestrian, Kyle Polk. 

“We see a lot of scooter and bicycle accidents,” said Dr. Brian Weeks. 

Dr. Brian weeks, emergency room physician at OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital says ever since these new rides have been popping up around the city ERs have seen an increase of visits adding that this is typical for this time of year.  

“We are seeing head injuries, bumps on the forehead, bumps on the back of the head, lots of scraps, abrasions and ultimately we see broken bones,” said Dr. Weeks. 

The scooter craze has caught the attention of city attorney Zach Kline. He says riders need to handle these rhymes with extra care. He sent out this tweet on Monday…

“Because of the lack of clarity in the law surrounding how these types of scooters should be regulated in sidewalk and roadway usage, we have instructed the Division of Police that they are allowed to be ridden on both. This does not mean, however, that scooters can be ridden recklessly, while impaired, or in violation of other laws. 

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