Scooters launch downtown, many don't know riding rules

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

500 new electric scooters rolled out Monday in downtown. Some people are already breaking the rules, but many aren't even aware of what they are. 

"There's not a lot of information given out beforehand, I just knew they were coming," says new rider, Johnny Rogers. 

To ride a scooter, you'll first have to download the Spin app on your phone. The app will give you safety tips, but it doesn't mention where you can and can't ride the scooters. 

Rogers says he didn't know that the scooters are only to be ridden on the street. City officials say sidewalks are for pedestrians only. 

"If someone is not following the rules, then they will write citations for that," says City Council member, Cindy Claycomb. 

Police were downtown Monday giving riders warnings to stay in bike lanes, but soon those warnings will be tickets. 

"If someone is not following the rules, then they will write citations for that," says Claycomb. 

Riders also have to be 18-years-old to ride the scooters but many kids were riding Monday. 

The city is asking riders to wear helmets, but it isn't against the law to ride without one. 

"It's ride at your own risk," says Rogers.