Evansville e-scooter ordinance unanimously approved

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Evansville City Council held the final vote on an e-scooter ordinance that’s been heavily debated among council members for months.

They unanimously approved an e-scooter ordinance.

E-scooters are already in use in Evansville, so Monday night’s discussion was centered around how the city will regulate them.

After a motion to table the discussion until 2020 failed, the council went through the ordinance and voted on each of the six proposed amendments one at a time.

Council approved amendment one, prohibiting the use of e-scooters on the greenway and any non-street trail.

People will have to be at least 16 years old with an ID to ride one, but do not need to have a valid driver’s license.

They will not be required to wear helmets or have their ears free of headphones. Cell phone use while riding a scooter will not be restricted.

One woman who owns an e-scooter business says she fully supports the ordinance.

“This painting of a nuisance factor could be done to anything. I could apply this to cars all day every day. I think the ordinance is pretty sound. It’s been a really comforting thing to read to be honest because I thought it was going to be pretty combative.”

The ordinance will go into effect in 60 days.

The council will meet next on January 13th when some new members will be taking their seats on the council for the first time.

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(This story was originally published on December 16, 2019)

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