First big weekend for Wichita's new electric scooters

Published: Jul. 19, 2019 at 4:26 PM CDT
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They've only been around for a week, but Sedgwick County dispatchers have already taken several calls about Wichita's new electric scooters.

Some people say the scooters are a blast and a great way to get around, others aren't sold on the idea just yet, like Jordan Barnes, who works at the Donut Whole along Douglas.

"There is nowhere to lock them up, or a designated area, so they are just kind of left everywhere," said Barnes.

Renee Duxler with the Douglas Design District says there will be a learning curve with the scooters, but says more than anything they will bring people downtown.

Duxler says there are already plans in the works to make Douglas more user-friendly for bikers and scooter riders.

"The biggest thing right now is that we don't have protected bike lanes here yet, so people are riding on the streets, and not allowed on the sidewalks. We are hoping when we get more bike lanes and more protection, safety concerns will go down," said Duxler.

People calling 911 dispatch say they just want people to follow the rules.