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Bloomington Offers Survey For Residents To Weigh In On Proposed Scooter Rules

A woman rides a Lime Scooter down Kirkwood Avenue.

The ordinance could include rules for where people can park and ride scooters. (Barbara Brosher, WFIU/WTIU News)

The city of Bloomington wants feedback before it presents a proposed scooter ordinance to the city council later this week.

Residents can participate in an online survey through Thursday.

The survey asks them to indicate what types of scooter regulations they’d like to see, like where people can ride and park them. There’s a separate survey for student riders.

Bloomington’s Director of Public Engagement Mary Catherine Carmichael says the feedback could help the city change its proposed scooter ordinance before it goes to the council.

"We’ve looked at legislation that’s already in place in many other municipalities," Carmichael says. "So, we’ve kind of sampled that, if you will, to create a first draft, or a draft at least of a possible ordinance for us."

The city council will consider the ordinance for the first time later this month.

An interim agreement Bloomington reached with scooter companies Bird and Lime in November will remain in place until the council passes permanent rules. Among other things, it requires the companies to pay a $10,000 annual fee and a 10 cent per ride surcharge.

State legislators are also mulling limited regulations on electric scooters, like requiring brakes and lights. 

Want to contact your legislators about an issue that matters to you? Find out how to contact your senators and member of Congress here.

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