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Bloomington City Council To Vote On Scooter Ordinance Tonight

Scooter riders travel down the B-line trail.

(WTIU/WFIU News)

The Bloomington City Council will meet tonight to consider adopting a newly-revised electric scooter ordinance.

At its last meeting in May, the council pushed the scooter issue to the regular session hearing at the end of July.

Tonight, council members will consider a proposed ordinance that sets guidelines for scooter operation throughout Bloomington along with 10 amendments.

Among those, a proposal to keep sidewalks clear of parked scooters as the council continues to seek alternative parking options out of the pedestrian right-of-way.

Bird dropped a fleet of scooters in Bloomington and on Indiana University's campus in Sept. 2018. City officials said they had no notice of the company's plan. 

Later that month, IU added new rules to regulate scooters across all of its nine campuses. 

By the end of Sept. 2018, Lime had become Bird's main scooter competition and the second electric scooter company in Bloomington. 

In March 2019, the City of Bloomington conducted a survey to get resident feedback on scooters and potential scooter regulations. More than 1,800 people responded. City officials say most respondents indicated parking to be their biggest complaint.

Bloomington's Pace bike share program succumbed to scooter mania in May of this year, just one year after the city and the university partnered to bring it to Bloomington.

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 at City Hall.

Alex Eady contributed to this story.

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