Tulsa braces for electronic scooters that have taken over Stillwater

Tulsa braces for electronic scooters that have taken over Stillwater (KTUL)

A new trend in Stillwater and a few other cities could soon make its way to Tulsa.

The city of Tulsa wants to be ready.

Electric scooters are the new craze, and they're a quick alternative to walking.

“Yeah i see them all over the place,” Nute Rapture said.

“I really like it,” Rapture said. “We need to find ways to conserve energy and that looks like a good way to do it.”

Some of the scooters are called Birds, and the concept is easy.

But it didn’t start out so easy.

“Sometimes when I came across them they would be dead,” student Kelsey Beaman said.

Beaman says the dock less scooters just showed up one morning in Stillwater.

“No one really knew about it,” Beaman said.

People also didn't know where to put them.

“I know they’ve been in the middle of sidewalks and stuff but there’s always been a path around them,” Beaman said.

It got to the point where they City of Stillwater had to impound about 75 scooters.

Tulsa is hoping to prevent those issues before the scooters make their way east.

The city has already prepared some guidelines, just in case that happens.

It says riders would be able to leave the scooter on any sidewalk, as long as it doesn’t interfere with traffic or people walking or biking.

Vendors also have some guidelines, including a fee each year to help with repairs, maintenance and infrastructure.

If you ask Beaman, it’s 100 percent worth it.

“They are fast, if you are late to class it gets you there quickly and they are super cheap,” Beaman said.

It’s just a dollar to get one of the scooters up and running and then a few cents every minute you ride.