Members of Bloomington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Commission agree: the city needs to establish regulations for electronic scooter use.
A start would be to regulate scooters the same way the city council last summer legalized bicyclists on most sidewalks — with safety rules and a few exceptions. Bicyclists are prohibited from riding on the city’s most pedestrian-congested sidewalks in downtown Bloomington.
“I think we have an issue where we have to react in a timely fashion, right away,” member Jim Rosenbarger said during the commission’s monthly meeting Monday in the Hooker Conference Room at City Hall.
“I’m actually concerned that somebody’s going to get hit and hurt very seriously,” he said. “That’s going to be really bad PR for the city.”
Rosenbarger said at a minimum, he’d like to see scooters prohibited from the same downtown sidewalks as bicycles.
Sidewalks excluded from bicycle riding include: Kirkwood Avenue from Indiana Avenue to Morton Street, Sixth Street from Walnut Street to Morton Street, Walnut Street from Fourth Street to Seventh Street and College Avenue from Fourth Street to Seventh Street.
Mark Stosberg and Julia Karr said they witnessed bad parking etiquette and chaotic riding when the scooters were brand new to town. Behavior appears to be getting more orderly over time, they said.
“It’s gotten better from what I’ve seen,” Karr said. “Except on Friday night.”