‘Two-Tired’ to Walk? Take a Scooter

Safety tips for using SPIN scooters

Electric scooters have become increasingly popular on Kent State University’s Kent Campus since the introduction of SPIN scooters in March 2022. Approximately 300 eScooters and 150 eBikes are available to rent. With that in mind, the Kent State Community should be aware of the dos and don’ts when operating the scooters. 

“We want people to educate themselves and be as informed as possible before jumping on one of these devices,” said Christopher Lukas, assistant director of outdoor adventure and operations for recreational and wellness services. “Because if not, the scooters can be hazardous.” 

Lukas recommends using the SPIN website or app to be informed about safety tips and procedures. The site has a wealth of information.  

“There’s five safety videos and a safety quiz,” Lukas said. “If users answer all the questions on the safety quiz correctly they get $5 of SPIN credit.” 

Some of the general safety tips on SPIN’s website include:  

  • obeying all traffic laws. 

  • never blocking pedestrian walkways. 

  • being mindful of others who may have difficulties with vision or mobility. 

  • driving slow near pedestrians. 

  • Users should never operate a SPIN scooter under the influence. Doing so could result in a serious injury and even a DWI. 

SPIN also has safety procedures to protect first-time riders.  

“The devices are set at a slower speed when people ride them for the first time,” Lukas said. “So they can’t go that maximum 15 miles an hour until they get used to it.”  

The SPIN site also has information on pricing, additional safety tips, a map of operating areas, estimated ride times and hints on how to ride. 

For instance, SPIN provides some guidance for those unfamiliar with riding electric scooters, such as:  

  • relax your body to absorb bumps in the road. 

  • ride over bumps head on. 

  • always look ahead and not at the wheels. 

  • shift your weight to your back foot when braking and forward when accelerating. 

Visit the Kent State Spin Website

Watch the SPIN Safety Videos 

POSTED: Thursday, September 7, 2023 09:37 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2024 10:12 AM
Paul Burlinghaus, Flash Communications