WEST LAFAYETTE – That scooter ride across campus could get $50 more expensive over the next two weeks, starting Monday.
Purdue University police, clogged with complaints about scooter activity since Bird Rides Inc. dropped off hundreds of the “last mile” electric vehicles, will spend two weeks monitoring scooter and bicycle riders. Chief John Cox warned this week that officers will issue tickets for riders who don’t follow the rules of the road.
Tickets for moving violations run $50.
Cox said the tickets would come with a conversation with officers about proper use of bike lanes and sidewalks when riding scooters and bikes on campus.
According to Purdue, police plan to focus on the areas along Martin Jischke Drive and University and Russell streets, between Stadium Avenue and State Street, just west of the main academic areas for campus.
Purdue regulations consider scooters as vehicles, in the same way bicycles are. Purdue requires bike and scooter riders to use bike lanes and campus drives. Riding on sidewalks is prohibited.
Purdue regulations also state the bike and scooter riders must obey all applicable rules of the road, including riding in the correct direction on one-way streets and stopping at stoplights and stop signs.
Purdue has been wrestling with how to deal with the popular scooters since they arrived in Lafayette and West Lafayette in early September. The scooters are designed for quick transportation, allowing customers to use a smartphone app to find a scooter and then pay a $1 initial fee, plus 20 cents per minute, to ride. Once done, customers can log off and leave the dockless scooters anywhere.