Electric scooters taking over Indianapolis

Posted at 8:54 AM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 16:22:31-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- You may have seen the Lime electric scooters rolling around across Indianapolis. From Broad Ripple to downtown, to Irvington, it's hard to miss the green scooters. 

The scooters cost a dollar to unlock, and 15 cents per minute to ride. You open the app, enter your credit card and driver's license information, find a ride, and you're off. 

Mathias Donelan, Lime's operations manager in Chicago, is helping launch the company's Indianapolis presence. 

"We got a bunch of trips the first day," Donelan said. "We're excited to be here, and we look forward to continuing to work with the city."


Some people are looking to make a few extra bucks by picking the scooters up and charging them at home. 

Right now, after users finish riding, they leave the scooters at their destination. There are no charging docks around the city. 

To get them charged, Lime crowdsources people in the city to use their space. People like Chris Meadows, who's known as a "juicer."

"You take them home - you set them up where ever you've got space like a garage," Meadows said.

Meadows gets about $5 per scooter, and more if the battery is particularly low. The scooters charge in 3-5 hours.

He said he's hoping to cash in with companies like Lime and Bird Scooter, even though the future of these companies in Indianapolis is uncertain. 


"I'm trying to get on it before anything happens and they go away," rider Johnathan Brown said. 

Brian Madison, the interim director of the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services, sent Bird Scooters a letter, asking the company to voluntarily end service. 

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"It doesn't really make a whole lot of sense to me to ask them, 'Please shut down for 30 days so we can ban you outright,'" Meadows said.

The ordinance banning the scooters is up for committee discussion Thursday.

A spokesperson for Lime said they have been working with city officials for several months, and they have not been asked to stop operating in the city at this point. 

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