As Chicago Pulls Plug on Scooters, Indy Cruises On

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As Chicago Pulls Plug on Scooters, Indy Cruises On

Windy City hasn't said whether it will resume this summer's pilot program

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Chicago is ending its experiment with scooters, but Indy's scooters aren't going anywhere.

Chicago's scooters were a four-month pilot project. The city hasn't said whether the scooters will come back, either for good or in a second test run. Indy established rules for its scooters in May, and license and permit administrator Sonya Seeder says those rules have kept the program running smoothly. 

While 10 scooter companies competed for business in Chicago, Indy's rules capped the number of companies at six, with one of those spots taken by the Pacers Bikeshare program. Seeder says two more companies, Lyft and Spin, have licenses but aren't using them. That leaves Bird and Lime as the city's only scooter operators. Seeder says that's kept things manageable, and the city has had a good relationship with both companies.

Chicago's program put 2,500 scooters on the road. Indy's rules cap each company at a thousand. With only Bird and Lime operating, that means 2,000 scooters at most, which Seeder says minimizes discarded scooters getting in people's way.

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