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City of West Bend, WI to review operation of electric scooters, in-line skates, bikes, and play vehicles

May 13, 2022 – West Bend, WI – “The City of West Bend has determined it to be necessary for the health and safety of residents” … is how the introduction reads on an updated ordinance to be addressed by the West Bend Common Council on Monday, May 16, 2022.

UPDATE: One note, the ordinance regarding $10 bicycle license and registration has been longstanding in the City of West Bend, WI. That portion of the proposal, is nothing new according to Dist. 5 alderman Jed Dolnick.

Photo courtesy Ben Carter

The rest of the agenda item details “health and safety,” among other things, as commercial licenses for electronic scooter rental and an application fee of $10 for each scooter, a .10-cent surcharge per ride that shall be remitted to the City for operational expenses and enforcement of the ordinance.

Also in the proposed ordinance are rules on where an electric scooter, play vehicle, and in-line skates can and cannot be operated, unlicensed electric scooter rental, impounding, and suggested fines.

The full nine pages of the ordinance update necessary for health and safety of residents and visitors is below.

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Calls have been placed to several aldermen. More details will be added when information becomes available.

The Common Council meets Monday, May 16, 2022, in the council chambers at City Hall, 1115 S. Main Street. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Leave it up to WB to restrict exercise and non-polluting forms of transportation. Stuck in the Victorian era, still trying to restrict peoples freedoms. For profit of course.

  2. Of all the crap to be worrying about right now…. Seriously. What a joke. Worry about something that’s legitimate!

  3. Truly abhorrent. Motor vehicles cause nearly 40,000 deaths every year, and you’re justifying this with, “The City of West Bend has determined it to be necessary for the health and safety of residents”. I believe your priorities are not straight here. This will, if anything make people not want to use alternative modes of transportation like bicycles, in-line skates, scooters, etc. They’re not the problem here.

  4. Make sure you guys get to that meeting and be heard. This is another reason why good people, with good paying jobs, who are interested in being a part of the community and exploring it through e-bikes or scooters will not invest in property in West Bend. I don’t think it’s actually a concern for people’s health and safety, however just another way for West Bend to make money from the community during an economic crisis. They should be ashamed of themselves, seriously.

  5. Unless West Bend is going to post signs on every street that is over 25mph, its not aligned with WI state law.

    (4) No person may operate a bicycle, electric scooter, electric personal assistive mobility device, or moped upon a roadway where a sign is erected indicating that bicycle, electric scooter, electric personal assistive mobility device, or moped riding is prohibited.

  6. At least I know where to get some cheap bikes to resell. Just make a short trip to the west bend Police auction. If you live there I’d say I feel for you, but you can always just move right?

  7. Really?? Our rink is gone, and NOW you decide to put up some janky rules about where we can skate!! It’s skating for crying out loud. Could be out doing drugs, or shooting people, or stealing stuff but were just trying to skate and you gotta bother us!! Seems like the real problems are not their problem. Boy, they really got billy bob tho, for riding his skates down the forbidden road. $$$$$

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