Spring has sprung. With that comes the usual signs of a new, warmer season – tree buds, birds, construction cones as we patch potholes … and the return of scooters to the area.
Scooter vendors have requirements to meet before their scooters are left around the city, however.
According to the office of Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, applications for dockless electric scooter companies are now available online at lansingmi.gov/clerk in compliance with Lansing city ordinances. With no limit on the number of approved applicants, the approval process for business licenses can take up to 30 days.
Vendors do have 13 requirements to follow in an ordinance available online. Among them:
The approved companies will also have to pay a monthly fee for every ride initiated in the city of Lansing. Profits from the monthly fee will go to the city’s “Complete Streets” initiative and maintaining and expanding the city’s infrastructure and rights of way used by electric scooters.