Speedway and IMS to allow scooters to and from track

Lime scooters on the sidewalk in Indianapolis. (WTHR/Mary Milz)
IMS Scooters
Getting to the race

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WTHR) - There's a way to get to the Indy 500 this year and it doesn't involve sitting in traffic.

It's not for everyone and it's not even legal, at least not in Speedway...but race day it will be.

Speedway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have worked out a plan to make room for scooters, which aren't allowed in Speedway.

Town Manager Jacob Blasdel said, "we're making some exceptions this weekend. We appreciate some folks are going to want to drive them in."

The plan allows scooters as a way to get to the track while keeping them away from traffic and crowds.

IMS President Doug Boles said, "what we're asking is for people to use the plan we've negotiated for people coming from downtown on scooters."

It calls for using 10th Street to get to the track and leaving the scooters in a drop-off site, a large grassy area at 10th and Allison Way, and then walking to the track entrance.

Boles said they were working with Lime Scooters to make sure the scooters had enough battery power to get fans back downtown after the race.

He said Lime has agree to "come in and swap all those scooters out (during the race) so people come back (to the drop-off site) they'll have a brand new charge."

Boles stressed scooters, like bicycles, will not be allowed anywhere on IMS property with one exception. Race car drivers are allowed to use scooters to get from their RV area to the garages to pit road.

As for how many fans will take scooters to the race?

Blasdel said, it's anyone's guess. "It could be a handful of folks that show up with them or it could be a lot, it could be hundreds. We're just trying to be prepared."

He said their biggest goal is keep scooters away from traffic and race crowds.

"Public safety will have their eyes open and we'll be looking to make sure access points are clear and people are getting thru," Blasdel said. "We'll be doing our best to pick up scooters that get in the way," but he said they're hoping "people park them where they've been asked to."