Electric scooters are a new transportation option, operating in multiple cities around the country and in neighboring states. The City of Wichita is looking at how other communities have regulated the use and operations of scooters. The City is also in the process of developing a pilot program to help our community learn about the use of the scooters; explore opportunities for using data to help inform decision making; and develop policies and procedures that achieve a good balance between public and private interests. In order to assist with this process, the City has developed the following materials.
Pilot Operating Agreement
The pilot operating agreement would establish interim rules and regulations for temporary operations of scooter sharing systems in the City. This agreement would only apply to scooters operated by scooter sharing companies and not those owned by individuals.
The proposed ordinance amendments define the operation of scooters. Currently, there are no ordinances which govern the operation of scooters, as they do not fall within any definition of vehicle, motor vehicle or bicycle under state law or the City's current ordinances. The ordinance amendments would apply to scooters operated by scooter sharing companies and those owned by individuals.