Electric scooters hitting city streets on Monday

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

One step closer to a new ride around town, City Council finalized contracts with companies for electric scooters that will hit the streets next week.

This first year will be what they call a "pilot" year - monitoring how they do, and what tweaks need to be made to the system.

"I think we'll be looking for things in the ordinance in terms of where scooters can ride, how fast they can go, that they can't ride after dark those kinds of things. How well do those work," says Council Member Cindy Claycomb.

Some residents think it'll continue the theme of revitilization downtown.

Adriana Kang has seen the scooters in other cities, and she knows they do present some challenges.

"I think just keeping track of them, making sure they're not left out in the streets. I've seen that a lot in Los Angeles."

Donavin Hefley sees the scooters as more than just fun .

 "I think for people without reliable transportation, it'll be a good option for them. Easy way for them to get around."

You can expect to see these new rides coming Monday, July 15.

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