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More scooters, and regulations, are coming to town

Posted at 1:23 AM, May 02, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — If you're not a fan of seeing scooters on the sidewalks of Indianapolis, you may as well get used to it.

More companies are coming to town, and while the city is looking to limit the number of scooter companies that can operate here, there could soon be up to 6,000 scooters in Indianapolis.

Scooters are apparently not going anywhere, even as the city continues to regulate where they can be and how many, a new proposal would cap scooter companies at six. There are two companies now, Bird and Lime, with two more on the way.

The new regulation would curb scooters at 1,000 per company, so it's possible there could be up to 6,000 around the city.

If companies can get at least three rides for every scooter they have each month, they can apply for increases of 250 scooters to put on the street.

"I feel like I'm OK with that because we can also have the scooters other places besides downtown," Zola Lamonte said. "If you spread them out, it's not that much of an issue."

Scooter companies with more than 301 scooters would not be allowed to place more than 65 percent of their fleets into high-utilization areas, right now proposed as the square mile area around the Circle.

"I did see a couple scooters go by, and I thought in my head, 'I wonder how many scooters we're gonna see just walking a couple blocks," Christy Heitger-Ewing said.

The Department of Business and Neighborhood Services will discuss the regulation on May 10. If the BNS board passes it, that regulation could take effect in 45 days.