DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The electric scooter craze could soon be making its way to Dayton.
Wednesday, the Dayton City Commission approved dozens of ordinance changes to accommodate the debut of the popular rideshare programs. Many involved ammendments to current bicycle regulations.
“In the past, for other cities, they’ve just dropped in. There’s no regulations, so anything goes,” Mayor Nan Whaley explained.
Mayor Whaley said smart mobility companies Bird, Lime and Spin have all reached out to Dayton in recent months to gauge interest. Given issues in other cities, she ask the law department to adjust current regulations.
“We’re trying to get ahead of this and kind of anticipate the demand and what this is going to look like in Dayton,” said Martin Gehres, the assistant city attorney for Dayton.
Among the changes, electric devices will be forbidden from riding on sidewalks and required to use the far-right side of the street, following traffic laws.
The ordinances add language about electric transportation devices, which include e-scooters, e-bicycles and a growing number of other transporation modes. Gehres explained the scooters coming to Dayton will likely be dockless and controlled with a mobile app.
Downtown pedestrians said they’re already looking forward to the technology.
“I see a lot of people walking everywhere. And it would just reduce the time that they would have to walk. And they could get from one place to another a lot faster,” said Zac Bailey.
2 NEWS reached out to the companies expressing interest in Dayton, but at the time of this publication, we have yet to hear confirmation about if or when they plan to move into town.