Scooters to arrive in Wichita Monday

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Friday, July 12, 2019

We now know when electric scooters will be in Wichita.

The city says Zagster will begin operating Spin scooters set to arrive on Monday. Zagster is one of three scooter companies set to come to town.
Spin provides the scooter-sharing program Zagster will use.

Wichita City Council members approved a third scooter-operating company on Tuesday.

All three companies have to follow the same rules: they cannot be ridden after 9 p.m., they will not go more than 15 mph, and they are only allowed on streets with speed limits than 40 mph.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The city council will vote Tuesday on a pilot program for a third company to bring rentable scooters to Wichita.

Slider Scooters would bring 100 to 150 scooters to the city. Veoride Scooters and Zagster Scooters have pilot programs that will already bring in 500 scooters each.

The scooters work just like Wichita's bike share program. People will pick a scooter, pay a dollar to unlock it -- probably through an app -- then pay the total price for the ride when they return the scooter.

People say they are excited Wichita is joining other cities like Kansas City and Oklahoma City with this new way to get around.

"I think it would be great. If you didn't have scooters, you would have to park and go find all these places and keep looking for parking. And on the scooter you don't have to worry about that and it would just be fun. I've never rode one, but I think it would be fun," Cindy Opat said.

Officials say the the scooters are not allowed on sidewalks. They can only be on streets, bike paths or multi-use paths.

The scooters will be shut down after 9 p.m. and riders have to be at least 18-years-old.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Wichita's City Council has approved eScooters within city limits.

There's no word yet on when we will start seeing them pop up around town, but two companies - Veoride Scooters and Zagster Scooters - have pilot programs that will bring in 500 scooters each.

"We have an agreement with two companies now, and as soon as they want to deploy them and participate in the pilot project, they are free to do so," Wichita City Council member James Clendenin says.

The scooter pilot program will last 12 months and work a lot like Wichita's bike share program. People will pick a scooter, pay a dollar to unlock it -- probably through an app -- then pay the total price for the ride when they return the scooter."

At least that's how it might work.

Clendenin says regulations regarding the scooters, as well as safety concerns, have been mostly worked out. But what the program will actually look like, will be part of the pilot process.

What we do know is that one dollar unlocks the scooter and after that, using one will cost 15 cents per minute. Scooters are not allowed on sidewalks, only in bike lanes or on roadways where the speed limit is slower than 40 mph.

At dusk, the scooters become inoperable.

"There are people excited about it. There are people that are eager to use this as the first and last mile to get to their destination," Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says.

The city will vote July 9 on an operating agreement with a third company, Silder, which deploy 150 scooters to start the first year of the program.

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At next week's Wichita City Council meeting, members will consider approving electric scooter pilot programs with two different companies.

If both are approved, the city would have one thousand scooters.

Each company would pay a $500 permit application fee, and the city would get 15 cents per ride.

Each pilot program would last for 12 months.

Earlier this month, the city unanimously passed an ordinance to allow for the pilot programs.

If approved, the scooters could be here in 30 days.