This letter is about the article in the July 2, 2014, Archbold Buckeye about the “illegal scooter.”
It doesn’t make any sense that because Mark’s scooter can go over 8 mph that it would be illegal on the sidewalk when bicycles that are also capable of going over 8 mph are allowed on the sidewalks.
Toward the end of the article it was stated, “If Miller waits until 2017, a new state law will allow licensure of low-speed or under-speed vehicles.”
This is what the Archbold ordinance title VII Chapter 73.07 stated about motordriven cycles or motor scooters:
“(E) By ordinance or resolution, the municipality may authorize the operation of under-speed or utility vehicles or mini-trucks on a public street or highway under its jurisdiction.”
I would think this would go for sidewalks too, and there was nothing about 8 mph speed restrictions on sidewalks.
This is the only thing I could find on speed restrictions:
“Title VII Chapter 72.061 As used in this Code, electric personal assistive mobility device means a self-balancing two non-tandem wheeled device that is designed to transport only one person, has an electric propulsion system of an average of 750 watts and when ridden on a paved level surface by an operator who weighs 170 pounds has a maximum speed of less than 20 mph.”
It also stated that the village of Archbold can change an ordinance at any time, so if he is operating it safely and responsibly, why wait until 2017?