Wichita preparing to add electric scooters later this summer

Published: Jun. 3, 2019 at 11:04 PM CDT
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Wichita city leaders are scheduled Tuesday to vote on how electric scooters will be regulated.

Scooters available in cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Kansas City could arrive in Wichita by August, but first the city needs to set some guidelines. That's what is planned at Tuesday's Wichita City Council meeting.

"It will cover everything from the age of the operator to what types of bike paths, planes they can operate in, hours of operation, speeds at which they can operate on, the areas they can operate in," says Wichita Transit Director Michael Tann.

As drafted changes are now, you can't use the scooters after 9 p.m. and you have to be 18 years old to ride them. You also can't ride the scooters faster than 15 mph and you can only ride on streets with speed limits less than 40 mph, bike paths and city multi-use paths. Another restriction is that you can't scoot around on pedestrian sidewalks.

"We're welcoming it with arms that, we hope, are clear and concise," Tann says.

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