State lawmakers are considering ways to regulate pay-as-you-ride motorized scooters as more and more pop up in cities such as Bloomington.
A bill on scooter regulations approved by the Indiana House last week will move to the Senate for consideration.
“This bill gives the same rights to the operator of a scooter as it does a bicycle,” state Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, said on the House floor last week.
Eberhart, author of House Bill 1649, said the regulations are similar to what other states have passed.
Here in Bloomington, city officials are in the process of drafting a local ordinance to regulate the hundreds of scooters that appeared on the streets and sidewalks of the city last September, according to Mike Rouker, city of Bloomington attorney. He expects to have proposed regulations for the city council to review soon.
Rouker said the city is watching the state regarding any action it takes regarding scooter regulations this legislative session. He said any decision at the state level will inform a local ordinance to avoid potential conflicts. For example, Rouker said local residents may not want scooters parked on sidewalks, but state code may allow it.
According to the latest version of the statewide bill, an individual would be allowed to park scooters on sidewalks if it does not impede pedestrian traffic.