The city soon will install new signs to include scooter rules. The city already has stencil outlined on sidewalks alerting bikers and skaters to dismount in the downtown, heavily-pedestrian areas. Courtesy photo
Bloomington officials have reached an interim agreement regulating the hundreds of electronic scooters with the two rental companies that began operating in the city earlier this year.
Bird Rides and Neutron Holdings, Inc. DBA Lime signed a one-year interim operating agreement with the city on Wednesday to regulate scooter usage. The agreement has been reviewed by city attorneys but still needs approval from the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners and the Bloomington Board of Public Works, city spokeswoman Yael Ksander said. The agreement is scheduled to be discussed on Nov. 27 during both board meetings.
“We’ve got a document in place that we’re happy with,” Ksander said.
Companies will pay an annual fee of $10,000 plus an additional 10 cents per ride on a scooter being used in the city, according to the agreement. The revenue coming in from the scooters will go toward city enforcement and infrastructure maintenance related to the scooters.
Ksander said the first payment and 10 cent fee per ride will take effect once the agreement is signed.
When around 550 scooters were dropped off in Bloomington late this summer city officials took no steps to regulate them. Ksander said city officials decided to observe the scooters and conduct research before considering any local regulation. She said some cities outright banned them while cities like Memphis, Seattle and Indianapolis formed agreements with the scooter companies.