Electronic scooters on their way to Wichita


Electric scooters are coming to Wichita in the coming weeks after the city council finalized contracts to bring them the city.

With Wichita just getting them, we took a look at a place that has had them for some time. Oklahoma City residents have scooters in their downtown area known as Bricktown as well as other towns and cities like Norman, Edmond and Tulsa.

"They're fun, they're fast," said Miguel V., a resident of the city that uses the scooters. "If you want to get around somewhere, you can easily grab one."

Miguel said he works downtown at Sonic and being able to easily grab one has been convenient for him.

"If you need a ride somewhere they're convenient," he said. "To get to and from work because they can easily be picked up anywhere."

The scooters works by using your phone to scan a QR code on the scooter through an app. It turns on and charges you a certain amount depending on how long you use it. They go around 17 mph, worrying some residents, but one said she doesn't put the blame on the scooters.

"The carelessness of people causes more of the problems than the scooters themselves," said Judy Chritchfield, a Tulsa resident.

In Oklahoma City, they are ridden in bike lanes or on the sides of streets because they can't be ridden on sidewalks.

After someone is done using it, they can park it somewhere on a corner or next to others. The app requires you to take a picture of it so it can put it's location in the app for others to pick it up. They can be in big groups around the town, and one resident said that can be a problem.

"Sometimes there's too many," said Caleb Cantwell, a Tulsa resident. "Sometimes you'll notice there's five or eight of them just lined up and sometimes the wind will blow them over and it kind of looks reckless in a way."

Cantwell said he's even seen them lying in the street after someone didn't park them on a sidewalk. Overall, residents said the scooters are fun and convenient. However, one message is still kept in mind before they decide to ride on one.

"Be careful, observe the rules and don't be overconfident that you can't get hurt," said Judy Critchfield.