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Bloomington City Council to reconsider scooter parking ban

May 3, 2019

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Bloomington City Council is considering whether to enforce a scooter parking ban after scooter-share companies threatened to leave.

The council voted Wednesday to permit scooter riding on the city’s sidewalks but later voted to prohibit the passengers from parking there, The Herald-Times reported. The proposed amendment would clear the city’s sidewalks by mandating that passengers park their scooters in on-street corrals.

The votes came after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill Monday that allows cities to bar scooter riders from parking on sidewalks, but they must provide “proximate parking.”

Scooter-share companies Lime and Bird would end their operations in Bloomington if the rules were implemented, said Mary Catherine Carmichael, the city’s public engagement director.

“We feel like things have kind of gone off the rails here,” Carmichael said. “That would make it untenable for them to continue here, so both Lime and Bird would choose to leave Bloomington just because the business model no longer works.

Nico Probst, manager of Midwest strategic development at Lime, confirmed that the company would decide to leave if those were going to be the rules.

“It’s absolutely true,” Probst said. “The amendment that passed does not make this worthwhile.”

Representatives at Bird did not respond to requests seeking comment.

The council has decided to wait on making an official decision until May 15.

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com