No matter where you look on campus right now, you are bound to see at least one electric scooter cruising around. Although the scooters are fun to ride and provide a convenient alternative to transportation, they showed up in the city without much notice leaving many safety concerns.
Here is what Mayor Andrew Ginther and the city’s Public Service Department came up with, according to 10TV:
- 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.
- The devices must be parked in an upright position and cannot be parked in the vehicle portions of the street, including parking spots and loading zones. They also cannot be parked in doorways, and they cannot block pedestrians on sidewalks or curb ramps, fire escapes, inside bus shelters, in driveways or on unauthorized private property or unapproved non-public spaces.
- 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 that receives a permit to offer shared mobility devices in the city is limited to offering up to 500 devices. The director of public service has the authority to increase this number based on demand and usage. The devices offered must not be able to go faster than 15 MPH.
- 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.
The rules take effect immediately.
The Ginther administration will be drafting official legislation in the near future.
Feature photo by Zach Varda/The Lantern.