Ohio bill would let scooters park on sidewalks

CINCINNATI (AP) - A proposal before state lawmakers would let Ohioans park their motor scooters on sidewalks.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/HITIAo ) that state Sen. Bill Seitz (syts) sponsored the measure after hearing about the parking struggles of his law partner.

Cincinnati attorney Jeffrey Schloemer tells the newspaper that most of the city's designated spots are gone on warmer days, while most garages won't admit scooters.

Current Ohio law bans vehicles from parking on sidewalks, while allowing bicycles. The proposal would let people park motor scooters or certain motorbikes on sidewalks, as long they do not impede the normal flow of pedestrian traffic.

Seitz, of Cincinnati, says the change could encourage people to commute in more energy-efficient ways.

The Senate recently passed the bill with a unanimous vote, sending it to the House.

Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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