City of Bloomington limits scooter use after recent death and injuries

BLOOMINGTON – The City of Bloomington has directed scooter companies to limit scooter use following the recent death of an IU Student and “mounting late-night injuries related to scooter use.”

In a post on the City of Bloomington Facebook page, scooter use will only be permitted from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, beginning October 13th:

“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.