Scooter problems: riders on sidewalk, not 18 or older

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The City of Wichita Transit says there are two reoccurring problems on electric scooters, riders on sidewalks and riders who are not 18 years of age or older. 

"In the pilot operating agreement with the companies, the age requirement is in place. It's because you have to be 18 in order to enter into a legal agreement, so it's between the scooter companies and their users," said Scott Wadle, senior management analyst for Wichita Transit.

By sometime next week, there could be up to 1,000 scooters for rent in the city. The pilot programs are 12-months with each company, Zagster/Spin (started on July 15) and VeoRide (started on August 13).

On average, there are about 1,100 trips made per day on Zagster/Spin scooters. 

"We're keeping an eye on the data and we're working as a community to determine if this is a good fit," said Wadle.

Wadle said one person had minor injuries riding a scooter, and did not involve any other vehicles.

Since the launch, one person has been issued a ticket for riding it past midnight. That incident occurred on on July 23 at 12:12 a.m. in the 800 block of East Second Street.

Enforcement on the e-scooter rules is underway. City spokesperson, Elyse Mohler, said that police officers have the discretion to issues tickets.

All scooter ordinance violations will carry a fine of $91.50.

"We're doing educational efforts in terms of handing out the notices and information to help educate folks. We feel that's been very helpful," said Wadle.

There are three ways to provide feedback on the e-scooter pilot program. You can call the Transit Office at (316) 352-4824, email bikeped@wichita.gov, or attend a monthly Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board meeting during the second Monday at 5:30 p.m., at the Wichita Transit Administration, 777 East Waterman. 

To learn more about the scooter laws and regulations, click here. (NOTE: The regulations do not apply to scooters owned by individuals.)

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