CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - In late summer 2018, electric scooters appeared on the streets of Cleveland. The company Bird dropped off a couple dozen of the e-scooters, which riders can pick up, pay for with a credit card, and then ride to their destination where they can drop it off anywhere they like.
Less than two weeks after they arrived, Mayor Frank Jackson ordered that they were removed, citing safety concerns.
By the end of summer 2019, the e-scooters might be back in the area.
The Cuyahoga County council will consider legislation to regulate and license the e-scooters and other similar rideshare companies, which could open the door for services like Bird, Lime, Jump, and Skip. These e-scooters are wildly popular in some Ohio cities, including Columbus and Cincinnati.
"Scooters are part of a new transportation network that's being developed around the world and want to be a part of that," said Cuyahoga County Director of Sustainability Mike Foley.
Foley said the county regulations will focus on safety questions, as well as address issues of access.
"We want to make sure that there's access to as many people in the county as possible, and they're not just congregated downtown or congregated in University Circle. We want to spread this out a little bit," he said.
Foley said the council could pass the legislation by spring. The city of Cleveland would then have to come to an agreement over licensing to clear the way for companies to come. He hopes that could happen by early summer.