Ethan May Indianapolis Star
Published 3:11 PM EDT Oct 18, 2018
Speedway town officials caged 49 Bird scooters after they showed up unannounced and violated ordinances against scooters and blocking rights of way.
To have their scooters released, Bird was asked to pay the town $2,000 — $1,000 for each of the days that they violated city rules before beginning conversations with the city.
Now Speedway officials have begun those conversations with Bird; they’re looking to craft a joint operating agreement that will set rules for scooters until town ordinances can be amended.
The 12,000-person, independently governed town tucked inside Indianapolis’ metropolitan sprawl is in the early parts of a regulation dance that has become common in Indiana and around the country: Scooters arrive largely unannounced, city leaders react, scooters go away to allow time for regulation and then scooters return.
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Bird scooters arrived in Speedway on Oct. 8, code enforcement officer Joe Kramer told IndyStar.
He and town manager Jacob Blasdel have been dealing with the scooters since, saying city workers started picking them up Oct. 10 and Oct. 11. Bird began its conversations with the town shortly after, Blasdel said.
Despite the $2,000 fine, Blasdel said Speedway was trying to be understanding.
“We’re taking a relatively lenient approach on it,” Blasdel said.
The town manager said ordinances banned scooters — electric or not — from sidewalks and streets following incidents in the early 2000s.
Chapter 12 of Speedway’s city code reads, in part: “No person who is riding in or by means of any coaster, scooter, skateboard, toy vehicle or any similar play device shall park or stand, or use, any such vehicle or device, or go with it upon any roadway, ramp or parking area in the town.”
Blasdel said it was too early to tell whether the town would adjust its rules for electric scooters.
“We are looking into it,” Blasdel said. ”And most immediately we’re trying to get some type of operating agreement in place with Bird.”
A Bird spokesperson acknowledged that the company is working with Speedway officials.
“Bird voluntarily paused our service while we work with Speedway city officials to create a framework that will allow residents access to our affordable, environmentally friendly transportation solution,” a Bird spokesperson said. ”We have been having productive conversations with local leaders and hope to be back on the road soon.”
Blasdel said Bird has made arrangements to pay the fine and retrieve the locked up scooters Friday.
Lime, Bird’s competitor in Indianapolis, brought a very small number of its scooters to Speedway the weekend of the Brickyard 400 in September.
Blasdel said the small number of scooters that showed up — and the town’s litany of other things to take care of that weekend — meant officials did not take action against the devices that weekend.
But looking ahead, Blasdel acknowledged the high probability that the scooters will return for other big events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, especially the marquee Indianapolis 500 in May.
“We’re being realistic about the fact that they’ll show up in the month of May,” Blasdel said. “So we’ll want to come up with some sort of parameter about that.”
Blasdel also discussed the potential for confusion if Speedway’s rules differ from those in place around the rest of Indianapolis, where scooters are supposed to be on streets and bike lanes instead of sidewalks.
“We need to come up with something that’s going to work and not be too confusing.”
Do you have thoughts or tips on scooters in Indianapolis? Email IndyStar digital producer Ethan May at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @EthanMayJ.
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