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Second try at electric scooters begins, 'Spin' launches in Greater Lafayette

Greater Lafayette's second go-round with electric scooters is underway.

Posted: Jun 26, 2019 12:29 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2019 1:42 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Greater Lafayette's second go-round with electric scooters is underway. Wednesday morning, the company Spin dropped off 150 scooters across the city.

The scooters were seen parked along State Street near Purdue University's campus, and in various places around downtown Lafayette,

Applications were approved for the companies "Spin" and "Gotcha" in May. The City of West Lafayette’s new ordinance includes where they can and can't be parked or ridden.

You also can access these scooters without a smart phone. The scooters cost $1 to start and $.15 cents per minute.

Director of Development Erik Carlson says there's a reason you won't see too many scooters out this time.

"We are starting off very slow intentionally,"said Carlson. "Last year was way to much way too fast. If there is an issue that comes in, we immediately move it along to the scooter companies to take care of, and if we have to step in, there's going to be reasons the scooter companies don't want us to do that."

In December, the city asked the company Bird to remove its estimated 3,000 scooters. The city hasn't heard from the company since.

The scooters will be dropped off in Lafayette and West Lafayette daily. Riders are not allowed to ride on sidewalks or "shared paths" and must be over 16-years-old. The scooters are also expected to be parked in designated areas and can't go faster than 15 mph. The ordinance also says users are encouraged to wear helmets.

The ordinance states there will be a $25 fee for illegally parked scooters. There is also a $100 fee to remove the scooter, and a $10 storage fee per day.

You can read the rules and ordinance here.

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