State Rep. James Hoops gave fellow legislators an offer they perhaps could not refuse.
If any senators wanted to ride an electric scooter, Hoops said he knew some people who have one and would let them take a spin.
These days, of course, e-scooters are as ubiquitous in Columbus and other big cities as are park benches. It wouldn’t take long for a legislator to find and ride one, but if they did, a new bill sponsored by Hoops, R-Napoleon, would set the ground rules for how they can be used.
House Bill 295 provides default regulations for low-speed electric scooters across the state. It does allow for local governments and park districts to establish their own rules for e-scooters or ban them altogether.
The bill passed the House in October with an 89-1 vote. Hoops attended the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee on Wednesday to provide sponsor testimony.
The bill would allow for e-scooters to be ridden on public streets, sidewalks and bike paths, provided the user is at least 16 years old, obeys existing traffic laws and does not exceed 15 miles per hour. If ridden at night, the scooters must be equipped with lights and a red rear reflector.