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West Lafayette prepares for return of electric scooters this year

The city of West Lafayette has issued applications to electric scooter companies. Companies will have to apply to bring scooters to the city.

Posted: Mar 31, 2019 2:23 PM
Updated: Apr 1, 2019 12:06 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The city of West Lafayette has issued applications to electric scooter companies.

The companies will have to apply to bring scooters to the city this year. This is a part of a newly approved ordinance to regulate scooter use in the community.

The application includes companies paying a $15,000 permit fee to the city. In addition, scooter companies will also have to pay a dollar per day per scooter.

The city is planning to move forward with zoning space for the scooters once applications come in. West Lafayette's Director of Development Erik Carlson said it's all to avoid the issues they faced last year.

“The aim is that we have these scooters but that it's not a mess like it was when we had Bird admitting to over 1,700. We've had more than 3,000 scooters in town,” said Carlson. “It's a county of 200,000 people, that didn't make sense.”

Carlson said the fee is fair for the work that has to be done.

“We have to actually go out and paint these areas that this is going in,” said Carlson. “It's utilizing a lot of staff capacity for us to do this and so in order for this to be done, we need to make sure that the public right of way is handled correctly.”

The scooter ordinance will take effect on April 12th. The city plans to have scooters back in town by this summer.

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