(a) Motorized scooters may be parked at any bicycle parking facility located in the public right-of-way.
(b) Motorized scooters may be parked on the street within corrals that are specifically designated for scooters and bicycles. Corrals shall be designed to prevent scooters and bicycles from falling outside of the boundaries of the corral.
(d) Motorized scooter parking is permitted on sidewalks with the following limitations.
(1) Motorized scooters shall be parked in an upright position.
(2) Motorized scooters shall be parked so as to leave a clear straight pathway at least fifty-four (54) inches wide, and such clear pathway shall be measured from the widest part of the scooter. The fifty-four inches shall not include the width of the curb.
(3) Under no circumstance shall motorized scooters be parked so as to obstruct:
(A) Any parking space, including any parking access aisle;
(B) Any loading zone;
(C) Any curb ramp;
(D) Any public transportation infrastructure including, but not limited to, bus shelters, bus stop signs, or passenger waiting areas;
(E) Any driveway;
(F) Any entrance or exit from any building;
(G) Any fire hydrant, emergency call box, or other emergency facility;
(H) Any parking meter;
(I) Any utility pole or utility box;
(J) Any street furniture or newsrack;
(K) Any commercial window display; or
(L) A crosswalk button.
(4) Under no circumstance shall motorized scooters be parked so as to impede accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), so as to impede access to accessible parking zones, or so as to impede access to parking spaces designated for persons with disabilities.
(e) Motorized scooters may be parked by riders on unimproved surfaces when no more than two are placed parallel to the street and touching a city traffic or parking sign located in a tree plot or grassy zone, without plantings such as flowers or ornamental grass, between a sidewalk and the street.
(f) No person shall park a shared-use motorized scooter within the designated boundaries of a special event for which a special event permit has been obtained.
(g) Except within corrals that are specifically designated for scooter parking, motorized scooters shall not be parked upon any street or alley.
(h) Except as permitted by subsections 15.58.050 (b), (c), (d), and (e), motorized scooters shall not be parked upon any public property. At its sole discretion, the Board of Public Works may grant shared-use motorized scooter operators permission to park shared-use motorized scooters upon designated City property over which the Board of Public Works exercises jurisdiction. At its sole discretion, the Board of Park Commissioners may grant shared-use motorized scooter operators permission to park shared-use motorized scooters upon designated City property over which the Board of Park Commissioners exercises jurisdiction. At its sole discretion, the Redevelopment Commission may grant shared-use motorized scooter operators permission to park shared-use motorized scooters upon designated property over which the Redevelopment Commission exercises jurisdiction.
(i) In order to verify compliance with the requirements of this Section, shared-use motorized scooter operators shall require shared-use motorized scooter users to take a photograph demonstrating the location of their parked scooter at the conclusion of their rental.
(j) The City may move any shared-use motorized scooter that is parked in violation of this Section to a location where the scooter may be lawfully parked. If the City opts to move an illegally parked shared-use motorized scooter to a legal parking position, the City may nonetheless assess any applicable fines in accordance with this Chapter.
(k) Operators will be responsible for identifying the riders consistently violating rules in regard to parking and following up with appropriate disciplinary action of increasing severity, including additional education, warnings, fines, and eventual removal of users from operator apps. If the City identifies areas of concern where consistent violations of parking disproportionate to ridership levels are impeding ADA access, the City will work with vendors to geofence these locations to restrict scooter access.
(l) The City of Bloomington Parking Commission, established by Bloomington Municipal Code § 2.12.110, and the City of Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission, established by Bloomington Municipal Code § 2.12.080, are jointly directed to take up the study of parking associated with shared-use motorized scooters within downtown Bloomington and within neighborhoods where there have been documented substantial complaints regarding shared-use motorized scooters.
The Commissions are directed to produce a report which documents their findings. Said report shall be forwarded to the Common Council no later than March 31, 2020 for review. The Common Council shall take the report and its findings into consideration when deciding what additional parking restrictions may be appropriate for shared-use motorized scooters.
(m) A violation of this Section shall be a Class D Traffic Violation which bears a penalty listed in Section 15.64.010(d) of the Bloomington Municipal Code. In addition, any shared-use motorized scooter parked in violation of this section and located so as to pose a hazard to public health and safety may be immediately removed and impounded by the City in accordance with Section 15.58.140. In accordance with Section 15.58.140, removal, impoundment, storage and/or disposal of a shared-use motorized scooter shall be a Class E Traffic Violation and shall subject the responsible shared-use motorized scooter operator to the penalty listed in Section 15.64.010(e).