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Council Gets an Earful on Scooter Issues


Residents of the downtown Evansville historic district are raising concerns about e-scooters operating around their homes. 

Historic district homeowners say the people renting and operating the e-scooters are violating numerous provisions of the scooter ordinance approved in 2019 by the Evansville City Council.

Old Evansville Historic Association co-president Amy Hayden presented the council members with pictures showing the e-scooters being left in places that violate the ordinance, and said that it is unsafe to operate them on the uneven streets in the historic district, so renters take to the sidewalks, which also violates the ordinance. Over the council’s web feed, Hayden asked the council for help with the issue.

“We are asking for either amendment to the ordinance, revoke the license of, I think, three companies, or we’re asking for geo-fencing outside of the historic district.”

Geo-fencing would mean that if someone tries to ride a scooter within the boundaries of the historic district, the motor would stop until the scooter was moved outside the area.  Council members said they would take the issue under advisement.

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