West Lafayette officials to meet over electric scooter regulations

Three scooter companies are interested in bringing their scooters to the Greater Lafayette area, but they'll have to abide by some rules to do so.

Posted: Feb 25, 2019 7:03 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2019 5:44 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) — Bird Scooters may be making their way back to West Lafayette. The city council will meet Thursday and Monday to talk about new regulations. 

The scooters became a new and convenient way of transportation for students. However, the scooters raised concerns for the city.

"We have to be able to provide our public the access to the resources they need throughout the city by using our sidewalks,” said West Lafayette Chief of Police Troy Harris.

The scooters were being misused, left on sidewalks and were not being properly taken care of. The city asked the company to remove the more than 2000 scooters that were dropped off unannounced.

"We've asked them to temporarily stop operation and work with us on rules and regulation to put in place that will bring something like this back," said West Lafayette Development Director Erik Carlson.

"I personally like the Bird scooters because, for me, they were super convenient," said Purdue student Mark Menciano. "They were scattered all around campus in the right places and they always help me get to my classes on time."

"A little nervous because as a driver they're kind of reckless scooting everywhere, so I'm just scared I'm going to hit them," said Brianna Kennedy

City council members will have the formal meeting about the new regulations Monday.

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