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Bloomington Delays Vote On Proposed Scooter Rules Until May

Scooter riders travel down the B-line trail.

The council will return for a final vote on the ordinance on May 1. (WTIU/WFIU News)

The Bloomington City Council has postponed a final vote on new scooter regulations.

After weeks of discussion, the council collectively proposed 11 amendments to the ordinance language.

Amendments include further reducing the maximum riding speed from 15 to 10 miles per hour, expanding dismount zones downtown where riders cannot operate and requesting a designated Bloomington police department officer to take on scooter regulation enforcement.

While most council members agreed that new rules should be set in place, Council President Dave Rollo proposed completely banning scooters from city sidewalks. 

"We have seniors that use sidewalks, they deserve protection. They go out on sidewalks for exercise. They don’t need to encounter scooters," says Rollo. "We have safe residential streets that can be used." 

Alex Freeman is the general manager of the Lime scooter operation in Indiana. He attended Wednesday night’s council meeting. He says part of their company’s goal is to adapt and listen to the concerns and needs of the community when it comes to best practices.

"Our company wants to take the approach to work with the city going forward to create something that works well for the community, the university, the residents and everybody here," says Freeman.

The original ordinance also establishes a process for introducing new scooters to the city and requires shared-scooter companies to engage with the community to promote scooter safety awareness.

Bird and Lime were introduced to the city with little notice last fall.

The council will vote on the scooter proposal at its meeting on May 1.

Details from the full scooter survey report can be found at bloomington.in.gov/transportation/scooters

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