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Pilot program focused on shareable scooters to be discussed

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Could we soon see scooters like these common on Fort Wayne streets?

Deputy Director of Policy & Planning, Paul Spoelhof says, “It’s in our interest from the city’s side and from city council’s side to have some regulation on that.”

Scooters and bikes to provide short transportation around town have been introduced in some bigger cities, offering the customer a quick and simple way to get from one place to another.

Several different places that provide this service have contacted the city about expanding to Fort Wayne.

At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, discussion will be held on how these companies can operate.

“What we’re doing tomorrow is just laying the very bottom, sort of groundwork,” says Spoelhof.

After hearing some of the issues in other cities, such as scooters and bikes being dropped off in random spots, the city plans to institute a pilot program that sets rules.

Included in that are maintaining the equipment and not allowing scooters or bikes to be dropped off randomly in places that will disrupt others.

“Guidelines will come in in the form of a pilot program. So we’ll experiment by working with one, or maybe multiple companies,” says Spoelhof.

These shareable scooters and bikes have already been introduced in Indianapolis.

David Kulp, who was skateboarding Monday at Lawton Skatepark says he rented one a shareable scooter in Indy just this past weekend.

David Kulp says, “You just get an app for it, and then you just scan it. It turns it on, it tells you if there’s enough charge, and then you go. It’s real easy to use, and when you’re done, you just push stop on the app, scan your scooter, and then it shuts it off. You could go like ten blocks for probably two bucks.”

To make the majority of people happy thought, it’s a tough balancing act.

“We want to sort of balance out having designated places where people have to leave their scooters or their bikes, and making sure that we don’t have scooter litter or bikes just left all over the place,” says Spoelhof.

Jon Wilson

Jon Wilson is the Weekend Meteorologist at Fort Wayne’s NBC. You can catch Jon’s weekend forecasts on Fort Wayne’s NBC at 6 and 11 p.m.

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