Scooter riders lack places to park
INDIANAPOLIS - It's not a bicycle, and Indiana lawmakers say it's not a motorized vehicle. Yet scooters are becoming a growing presence both on local streets and, to the dismay of some, sidewalks. Riders say there's just no good place to park them where they're relatively safe from being stolen.
"I have to make sure I park it in an area where people will watch it," said Mark Barger, scooter rider.
"I parked up here, but I parked as far as I could so It wouldn't bother the pedestrians," said Clarence Turner, another scooter rider.
For both Barger and Turner, the scooter is their only mode of transportation.
"They got a bicycle lane now. You can't put one of them up there because it specifically said bicycle. You're going to get a ticket or something, some kind of a way. You gone break the law either way you go with these," said Turner.
But they're not alone in their parking peril. Those who ride scooters for fun and financial savings say Indianapolis has left out this class of two wheelers with horsepower.
"We feel that the city hasn't taken a lot of effort into this type of recreation or this type of transportation," said Ben Roe, scooter enthusiast.
Over the next four years, the city plans to add 75 miles of trails and bike lanes across the city. That doesn't include scooters right now. But enthusiasts say there's still plenty of time for change.
"That would be fantastic. Not great, but fantastic and I'm speaking for everybody who rides a moped," said Turner.
"The city's taken a lot of effort to put in trails and parking for bicycles downtown, but this is just as good of transportation," said Roe.
Ben Roe is part of scooter club and says cities like Cincinnati and Columbus offer free parking for scooters because of the environmental benefits they bring. But those cities also require registration.
That wouldn't necessarily help unlicensed drivers like Clarence and Mark Barger, who say they're just trying to get around town the best they can without incident.