Columbus man starts movement to fight scooter regulations

Donovan O’Neil has created a grass roots movement called SCOOTERCBUS, which stands for Scooter Customers Organized to Oppose Temporary Excessive Regulations. (WSYX/WTTE)

A Columbus man is speaking out against scooter regulations after Columbus announced regulations last week.

Donovan O’Neil is starting a grass roots movement to prevent more regulations.

"I had my first ride last week and I loved it,” said O'Neil. I rode three times this past week and it’s been great."

However, when he heard the city put in new scooter regulations he wanted to take action. He created a grass roots movement called SCOOTERCBUS, which stands for Scooter Customers Organized to Oppose Temporary Excessive Regulations.

"Hopefully we can hold back on any future regulations or be a part of constructive conversations with anyone who may feel the need for more regulation,” said O'Neil.

The city’s new regulations will make companies get permits to operate them in the city. The scooters must also be parked in an up-right position and can’t be parked in the street. Riders cannot drive the scooters faster than 15-miles per hour.

Other riders agree with O’Neil and they hope SCOOTERCBUS can help ensure scooters stick around.

"I'm totally with him,” said Jacob Ellis. “It's something fun, it's exercise and you can get around and do a lot more things.”

O’Neil’s movement aims to stand up against scooter regulations, but he also wants to help educate riders.

"I look at it as a good opportunity to educate people around the safety of these,” said O’Neil.

“That would be the best thing if people know how to ride them and they follow the rules on it -- then they should be okay riding it and I think the city should be okay with that too,” said Matt Ellis.

O'Neil said he hopes to be able to work with the city, so scooters can have a future in Columbus.

“I would love to see a Columbus based electric scooter company rise up and provide their service here in town,” said O’Neil. “Hopefully to maybe some undeserved neighborhoods."

O’Neil said he plans on meeting with the Clintonville Area Commission next week about his movement.



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