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Scooter debate continues in West Lafayette

The scooter debate continues in West Lafayette, even after a line- by line discussion of the proposed ordinance, that took more than two hours.

Posted: Jan. 14, 2019 10:25 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The scooter debate continues in West Lafayette, even after a line-by-line discussion of the proposed ordinance, that took more than two hours.

At the first city council meeting of the year on Jan. 7, a 12 page document became a sticking point. There was so much disagreement, city leaders called special meeting Monday, just for this ordinance.

It covers almost every aspect of scooter use, from how many can be on the streets, to where they can and can't be left.

Mayor John Dennis hopes the rules piggy back off of the bicycle and skateboard legislation already in place, and that it also applies to future transportation inventions.

Representatives from Purdue University and the city of Lafayette were at the meeting to be sure one city's rules match the others. The document presented Monday has policies adapted from other cities.

However Mayor Dennis said because the scooters will likely be ridden between two cities and a university, specifics are a little more important.

"The volume of usage is going to be different in Lafayette than it is in West Lafayette, the area of use is going to be different in Lafayette than it is in West Lafayette. But I think some of the practical applications of safety, of common sense, of fees and of where they can be parked and stored, I think a lot of that can sort of be boiler plated on both sides of the river," said Dennis. 

The goal is to have an official ordinance drafted with every amendment discussed ready for a first reading next month, and until something gets passed, the scooter companies won't be back in town.

If you're interested in reading through the document, you can find it here. 

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