The City of Bloomington has directed scooter companies to limit scooter hours from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily after the recent death of an IU student riding a scooter, and what the city says are “mounting late-night injuries related to scooter use.”
A 20-year-old IU student was killed recently when he was struck by an alleged drunk driver in the early morning hours who then left the scene.
The Bloomington City council also recently discussed during a meeting the number of scooters left blocking sidewalks and roadways.
Here is the text of the city’s Facebook post on Tuesday:
“Following the recent tragic death of an IU student and mounting late-night injuries related to scooter use, the City of Bloomington has directed all scooter companies operating in Bloomington to limit scooter operating hours to 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily beginning this Thursday at 11 p.m.
Scooters will not be available between the hours of 11 p.m to 5 a.m. daily through the winter months. These hours may be adjusted based on outcomes.
Protect yourself and others while using a scooter:
You must be 18 to ride.
Protect your head by wearing a helmet.
Yield to pedestrians.
Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
Use caution and follow local safety and traffic laws–follow all traffic rules including street signs, traffic lights, and stop signs.
Travel in bike lanes or roads unless otherwise directed.
Ride only 1 person per scooter at a time.
Do not text and ride.
Be mindful of potentially dangerous surface conditions (uneven surfaces, wet or slippery conditions, debris, grass clippings).
Don’t block sidewalks, curb cuts, access ramps, doors, bus stops, or traffic at any time.
Parking a scooter on a sidewalk will limit accessibility, so look for off-sidewalk parking.
When parking, keep the scooter or bike upright and avoid uneven surfaces like gravel or steep inclines.”