The city of Indianapolis has given final approval for two companies to return their scooters to the streets. The licenses for Bird and Lime will become effective September 4. The City-County Council last month approved regulations for shared electric scooter companies.
The city’s Department of Business and Neighborhood Services says it has worked closely with both companies to return their scooters to the city. Director of Business and Neighborhood Services Brian Madison says it’s a positive for the city to have "a variety of transportation options for residents."
Bird and Lime made waves in Indy earlier this summer until agreeing to cease operations until the council could pass regulations. The rules state the companies must pay $1 per day/per device and have each scooter marked with a unique serial number and equipped with a bell or horn. Companies must also pay $15,000 for an annual license.
The scooters are not allowed on sidewalks, trails, the Canal Walkway or White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis.