Mayor Ginther Announces Legislation to Protect, Promote Use of Mobility Devices
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced proposed legislation to
protect users of mobility devices, such as e-scooters and dockless rental
bikes. The legislation will be presented to Columbus City Council this week. In
addition, Mayor Ginther directed Public Service Director Jennifer Gallagher to
implement limited emergency rules to protect pedestrians and other mobility
The proposed legislation and limited emergency rules, coupled
with recent rules and regulations that address companies who use the public
right of way to rent e-scooters and dockless bikes, are part of a comprehensive
look at the fast-emerging industry that has taken root in Columbus and in many
cities around the state and nation.
“In Columbus, we are
excited about the expanding options to navigate our great city. It’s our
responsibility to both promote these mobility options and protect everyone
sharing the road with bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters ,” Mayor Ginther said. “Our
proposed legislation and limited emergency rules are grounded in those goals.”
The legislation governing the operation of e-scooters and
dockless rental bikes that will be presented to Council for its consideration
will address issues including:
- Where mobility devices can be operated, such as
keeping them on the roadway and not on the sidewalks.
- What safety precautions riders must take, such
as yielding to pedestrians, navigating traffic and bike lanes and following
current traffic regulations.
- How the city defines mobility devices now and in
Additionally, until this proposed legislation is adopted by
City Council, Mayor Ginther has directed Public Service Director Gallagher to
put in place emergency temporary rules and regulations that direct riders of
e-scooters to ride in the roadway and not on the sidewalks.
The soon-to-be coming rules and regulations governing the
operations of mobility devices, as well as recently released rules and
regulations governing how they are parked in the public right of way, are the
result of months-long discussions led by the City of Columbus Department of
Public Service with many public agencies including the Department of Public
Safety, Columbus Public Health, the Office of the City Attorney and the Smart
Columbus program office. The department has also engaged community members and
mobility device companies in developing the proposed legislation.