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Scooters Return September 4

City gives Bird and Lime green light to return

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Tuesday, the city of Indianapolis announced that Bird and Lime scooters will return starting Sept. 4.

The change comes after the Department of Business and Neighborhood Services gave final approval for the restarting of the program.

Since the ordinance halting the use of the devices was passed by the City-County Council on July 16, BNS has been working diligently with both companies so they can start putting scooters back on the streets, according to a statement from Brandi Pahl, chief communications officer.

City officials issued cease-and-desist letters on July 3 to Bird and Lime. The two companies dumped hundreds of dockless, electric scooters in various locations around and in downtown Indianapolis in June.

Lime complied with that order. The other company, Bird, held out until July 11, when it started pulling its scooters off the streets, as well.

Bird and Lime brought their business model to an Indy that had almost no regulation in place for their products, following the example set by Uber, Lyft, and other gig economy operators.

The rental scooters could only be accessed—and rented—through a smartphone app. You could leave them just about anywhere when done.

People had indeed been leaving them anywhere, in front of businesses, houses, and even in the Broad Ripple Canal.

As a reminder, scooters are not allowed on sidewalks, trails (including the Cultural and Monon), the Canal Walkway or in White River State Park. When parking, scooters must be upright and leave at least 4 feet of unobstructed passageway.

Rob Burgess, News Editor at NUVO Newsweekly, can by email at, by phone at 317-808-4614 or on Twitter @robaburg.

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