City Council unanimously approve electronic scooters

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX / KJTL) – A few years ago you started seeing electronic scooters appear in big cities across the country, and soon they too may be here in Wichita Falls.

“I think a lot of people will come downtown trying to use scooters,” said Mayor Stephen Santellana.

Now with the full approval of City Council Eduardo Nunez of WF Goat Scooter Ltd. is looking forward to what might be next for them.

“I was born and raised in Wichita Falls, I think it’s really cool and can be a lot of fun and help the city more, and I just think we’ve found a way to do it right,” Nunez said.

It was very important for the city to be able to make changes to the ordinance to make it safer.

“There are a lot of cities that have learned lessons before we passed this decree today, and we have learned those lessons,” said Transportation Director John Barrus.

They will do this by restricting scooters inside what they call a central business district downtown.

“It’s one of our worries, you have a company that makes scooters and I don’t know how fast and kids are trying to jump on them. With the decision and the responsibility of the company, we can take care of many issues of responsibility, ”Santelana said. “But we’ll see, let’s see where it takes us. I think if it’s a responsible company that does responsible things, I think it will be good. “

And that’s exactly what Nunez says the overall goal of Goat Scooters is.

“They’re designed to be able to work in a small town,” Nunez said. “And we want to do all the work, we don’t want the city to have to do everything, but we will work with you to make sure we have everything covered and to work together and be partners.”

Now, with full support and flexibility, the mayor of Santellana is ready to finally bring this to Wichita Falls.

“This is what we’ve been talking about for a few years, and we had another guy running for mayor, James Haling, who was really on fire with that idea, and he really didn’t stand up and made sure it would happen in the future. but for the council, I think this ordinance we wrote gives us a little more control, makes us feel so much better, ”Santellana said.

Hopefully attracting more people to downtown business and getting them to stay for a while.

Now it will all take some time as the city council now needs to formally issue the company’s permit and they believe it will take several months.

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