Leaders Welcome Alternative Forms of Transportation to the City and Urge Residents to Keep Safety in Mind
The first rentable electric scooters were deployed in Wichita today and Mayor Jeff Longwell and members of City Council used the opportunity to urge residents to enjoy these alternative modes of transportation in a safe manner.
The scooters were also taken out for a spin following a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at the corner of Main and 2nd streets.
Mayor Jeff Longwell reminded residents that last month an ordinance was put in place that prohibits these shared scooters from being operated on the sidewalks.
“Scooters should be enjoyed between sunrise and dusk and should be ridden on the streets and whenever possible, in bike lanes and multiuse paths,” Longwell said. “And of course, we encourage all riders to wear a helmet and drive responsibly.”
Scooter renters must be at least 18-years-old and only one person can ride on the scooter at a time. Intoxicated drivers of rented scooters who are deemed a hazard by the police are subject to a fine of $500 and a maximum of six months of jail time for each offense.