Renting a scooter in Wichita is remarkably easy*

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October 3, 2019 - 10:21 AM

A VeoRide scooter sits near the Arkansas River in Wichita after being pulled from the water. KANSAS NEWS SERVICE/BRIAN GRIMMETT/KCUR.ORG

When it comes to electric scooters, it seems that people either love them, or want to see them all thrown into a river — literally.

On Monday, Dusty Lehman of Wichita posted a video to Facebook showing he discovered seven scooters in the Arkansas River. In the same Facebook post, Lehman wrote that he found at least 14 scooters on that particular bike ride.

Dockless electric scooters landed in Wichita in June. The resulting vandalism, based on what’s happened in other cities, appears entirely predictable. Driven partly by resentment of motorized devices that complicate road traffic or clog sidewalks, they’ve been targeted in almost any city where they’re deployed.

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