so I can hop on and off the bike path when needed.
NO. Let me repeat so you understand, NO you cannot ride a motorized scooter on bike paths. That is the rule/law in my state and I assume it applies to bike paths in other states. Scooters, like the Italian Vespa ones, are not allowed on bike paths. They are quasi motorcycles. Motorized bicycles, bikes with a motor driving one of the wheels, are a different matter.