Electric scooters could be coming to Wichita

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Imagine zipping through Old Town or down Douglas Avenue on an electric scooter at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. That's likely going to be the reality soon.

"When something's trending, everybody seems to jump on it," a Wichita resident said.

Bird e-scooters are trending. Cities across the country, including Kansas City, have hundreds of them roaming the streets.

Wichita's Director of Transit, Mike Tann, says Bird scooters could be flying into the ICT too.

"They're supposed to be another mode of enjoyment or connectabilty to be able to get from point A to point B," Tann said.

"I think it'll be super cool and I think it will take off," Jadyn Stutey said.

But it hasn't been all fun and games. Electric scooter issues are making headlines in cities across the country with scooters cluttering up sidewalks and being abandoned all over town. 

There's also the issue of accidents. A Dallas hospital reported more than 400 scooter-related injuries in less than a year. 

"Those are the things that we are very, very concerned about as we begin these discussions," Tann said.

Tann says the City is making sure things are done right so that everyone enjoys the scooters.

Bird requires riders to be at least 18, and have a valid drivers license. The e-scooters also have timers, they prevent them from working after 9 p.m.

"It's just a matter of trial and error and I think people need to be willing to give it some time, and understand what's good and what's bad about it," Lauren Doshier said.

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