E-Scooters To Return To Greater Lafayette

150 Spin scooters are scheduled to be deployed across West Lafayette this Sunday. Lafayette is currently in talks with two scooter companies to bring their scooters to the city.

Posted: Mar 4, 2020 5:07 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -  Lafayette's days of running pilot programs with e-scooter companies are over.

A new ordinance passed in City Council has created specific requirements such companies must follow.

"Anyone who wants to operate a company in town to provide insurance. We want to know their operating model, do they have staff in town?" said Lafayette's Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator Margy Deverall. 

The ordinance states riding on sidewalks within downtown limits is prohibited.

Companies will also have to pay a permit fee of $1,000. An additional fee of one dollar per day per scooter must also be paid.

Deverall said similar fees are also being implemented in West Lafayette.

"If anyone wants to operate in either city, they also have to get a permit to operate in the other," said Deverall.

According to Deverall, the city could see scooters arrive within the next few weeks. But she said they'll arrive on the other side of the Wabash River first.

"Their main demographic is the Purdue student population." said Deverall.

West Lafayette adopted a similar ordinance last year.

Economic Development Administrative Aide Julia Zuchkov said having regulations in both cities is beneficial.

"Having the ordinances in place now allows us to manage the scooters better from an operating standpoint with the companies and allows us to make sure that the user experience is the same for whoever is riding scooters on either side of the river," said Zuchkov.

And Zuchkov says this will make working with scooter companies easier in the future.

"Just having us all on the same page will make it even smoother than it was last year," said Zuchkov.

Zuchkov said Spin scooters will be deploying 150 scooter in West Lafayette this Sunday.

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