April 13—The city of Beavercreek is set to permanently ban dockless electric scooters, bicycles, and other shared transportation vehicles, similar to some other cities in the Miami Valley.
The ban on “shared mobility devices” had its first reading on Monday and would prohibit the service from being provided anywhere in the city. Shared mobility systems, which allow electric scooters or bicycles to be rented on a short-term basis, have become popular in urban areas in recent years.
The ban targets “dockless” vehicles, motorized and non-motorized scooters and bicycles, in which the supplier usually picks up the scooter wherever it is. The scooters are “frequently abandoned by users on streets, sidewalks and other public places, creating visual clutter and serious safety concerns,” city documents say.
Beavercreek also lacks a continuous sidewalk system or a traditional town center, which further increases the town’s safety concerns. The city council has not yet taken a formal vote.
“It originally started with the traditional idea of scooters, but in looking at it we felt it was appropriate to also address e-bike or e-bikes, as well as non-motorized bikes, because in theory, they can all fit the same business model,” chief legal officer Stephen McHugh told the board on Monday.
Violators would be considered a “public nuisance” and charged with a misdemeanor, records show.
Several local cities currently ban shared mobility vehicles, including Centerville and Oakwood. Others, including Dayton, Kettering and Columbus, regulate their use.
The ban does not affect bike rentals where the vehicle must be returned to a staffed location.