An industry reimagined, West Lafayette prepares for the future sharing economy - Purdue Exponent
Purdueexponent.org - Mon 7 Jan 18:19 GMT

An industry reimagined, West Lafayette prepares for the future sharing economy - Purdue Exponent

Birds are gone, but will return after proper fees and regulations have been enacted.

  Bird scooters have been pulled from the area for the remainder of the winter, while West Lafayette city officials are work to develop and pass an ordinance with strong regulation on Bird and “electric or motor powered vehicle companies,” according to the ordinance.

  Bird and other scooter companies will also pay $1 per electric scooter operating in the area and additional fines when scooters are illegally dumped.

  The ordinance is similar to one passed in Indianapolis just a few months prior as Indianapolis government officials had found themselves similarly unprepared for the wave of electric scooter companies.

  The ordinance now requires companies interested in deploying in West Lafayette to apply for an operator’s permit alongside the annual fee.

  In the wording of the ordinance, officials have grouped scooters together with bikes, meaning that all electric scooters should be ridden on the road and not sidewalks.