Huntington ponders scooters, as ‘pause’ on rollout continues

Morrell's Scooters operates in several communities in Indiana.
Morrell's Scooters operates in several communities in Indiana.(Morrell's Scooters)
Published: Apr. 26, 2022 at 7:09 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WPTA) - The owner of a company that hopes to operate a scooter rental service in Huntington has provided information to the City Council following a paused rollout earlier this month.

Morrell’s Scooters already has similar setups elsewhere in the region. On Tuesday, a representative addressed questions regarding plans in Huntington, with Council members taking that information under advisement but not taking any action.

Officials have indicated they may want to draft regulations that would address how those scooters would operate before they return to the streets. Morrell’s had already deployed them in early April before recalling the scooters at the request of City leaders after concerns were raised.

“With the introduction of electric scooters last week in downtown Huntington, the Huntington City Council has officially requested time to consider appropriate regulations for the safety of all riders, pedestrians and vehicle operators,” the City said in a statement following that move.

At present, City code restricts bicycles from being used on sidewalks in any business district -- including downtown, where the scooters would be based -- and there is no relevant provision addressing electric vehicles such as scooters. Council next meets on May 10, but it is unlikely any ordinance would be drafted until some time this summer.

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