Broad Ripple councilor grapples with “Where do scooters fit?” – Local News

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Since Lime Scooters landed in Broad Ripple last weekend, a new way-finding sign has gone up for riders.

It’s posted outside the Broad Ripple Village Association office on Guilford and reads: “Ride scooters in streets, not sidewalks or trails.”

BRVA executive director Colleen Fanning, who is also a city-county councilor, put the sign out after receiving a lot of complaints from constituents.

Fanning said of the scooters arrival into the already bustling village, “Honestly, I’m hoping we can get creative. It would nice to have another mode of transportation, but so far all I’ve seen is them parked inappropriate places, the right of way, interrupting pedestrian traffic and lots of near collisions.”

Fanning said she’s having a hard time figuring out “where scooters fit…because they go too slow without a helmet to be on the streets but at 15-17 miles an hour, it’s way too fast to be on the sidewalks or trails.”

So far, she says her constituent comments are running 70/30 (percent) against the scooters.

One woman wrote, “they’re all over the sidewalk like trash and have no business being on the sidewalk and they go way too fast.”

BRVA President Josh John said while the association has yet to take a formal position, he has several concerns, including the already “very narrow sidewalks” in Broad Ripple.

“So to expect someone to navigate the uneven sidewalk on a scooter when someone is walking a dog or pushing a stroller can become extremely dangerous,” John said. “Along bike lanes I think is the safest place.”

Emma Landwerlen, who works and lives in Broad Ripple, hasn’t ridden a scooter yet, but hopes to soon.

“I like them, I think they’re cool and fun,” she said, adding, “I understand not having them on the sidewalks, but I don’t understand not having them on the trail because you already have bikes and stuff on the trail…I think as long as people aren’t idiots about it.”

“I’m waiting for a solution where we can fit them in in a safe way,” Fanning said, “and one where law enforcement isn’t pulled into the mix.

“I really don’t see how law enforcement can enforce these rules,” she said, adding, “we have so many other bigger problems her, I don’t think scooters should be a top priority for IMPD officers right now.”