Rentable electric scooters, bikes could be on their way to Overland Park

Overland Park is moving ahead with the creation of a framework to allow electric scooters and bikes that can be rented using mobile apps on its streets. Photo credit Mark McGuire. Used under a Creative Commons license.

The electric scooters that have become ubiquitous in downtown Kansas City may be on their way to Overland Park in the not too distant future. The city’s staff got the go-ahead Wednesday night to come up with a framework for how the city would regulate the scooters and bikes that, in better weather, can be found on downtown Kansas City street corners.

One of Lime’s electronic bikes. Photo credit Elvert Barnes. Used under a Creative Commons License.

The electric motor-powered vehicles offered through private companies – Bird and Lime – have proved a popular way for taking short trips through downtown. The scooters are the most visible, but electric-powered bicycles were also introduced not long before the weather turned cold.