Scooter bike loved by celebs inspire businessman to launch ride sharing program in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Norman Young's vacations to Miami gave him inspiration to spice up the transportation scene in his hometown of Cleveland.

He's brought the Scoot-E-Bike to northeast Ohio and it's turning a lot of heads in the city.

"I couldn't even ride down the street," Norman said. "People were running up to me blocking me on the street (and) asking me where I rented it from."

The electric scooter is merging transportation and entertainment. Rapper Snoop Dogg, singer Chris Brown and entertainment mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs are early fans.

"You can zip through- take it from the sidewalk to the street," Young said.

He's got about a dozen Scoot-E-Bikes. Ray's Scooter Rental is operating out of an office in The City Club Building at the corner of E. 9th Street and Euclid Avenue. Helmets and knee pads are available.

The bike is foldable, has a USB port to charge a cell phone, an alarm and Bluetooth capabilities.

"So, you can play your music and don't have to worry about it (phone) going dead," Young said. "It's basically for downtown... great experience to get you around so you don't have to get an Uber or taxi- it's convenient to park."

Speeds can get up to about 20 miles an hour. A single charge allows for about 30 miles of travel. Young professionals and older adults have been steady customers during Young's first few weeks of operation.

"They're going to Bar Louie (and) going to the Flats. They're basically going everywhere," Young said.

Young also owns a car wash business in Cleveland. He said it's great to be supported by the community. He's already working on plans to grow his Scoot-E-Bike rental business.

"I had to bring something fun to Cleveland," he said.

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