WF Downtown Business Owners Support Scooter Ordinance Change

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) — A new way to navigate downtown Wichita Falls is in the works after changes were made to the city’s ordinance this month. Personal mobility devices, primarily e-scooters and e-bikes, can now be rented downtown. The city is currently looking to choose an electric scooter vendor.

Traders in the region are delighted with this change.

“I’m thrilled, I think it will bring a whole different element to art walks and things that happen on Saturdays and all that,” said Carrie Gardner, owner of Healthy’s Downtown. “I think it will be great.”

The Gardner store is located inside the Hamilton Building, a few blocks from the Farmers Market, a busy part of downtown. She said the scooters would be a great way for people to see more of the area.

“It would be an option for people, even maybe families or you know college students, to explore what’s downtown,” Gardner said.

Storefronts on the outskirts of downtown, like the antique shops on Lamar Street, are also scooter-friendly.

“I’ve seen them used in the Metroplex, I’ve seen them in Oklahoma City and stuff like that, so I think it would be something that would be good for citizens and good for tourists,” Tim Cunningham, owner of Heritage Antique Mall, said.

With these new changes, those looking to shop locally will be able to discover places they may have missed just by driving.

“The challenge of downtown has always been, there’s no place, there’s no centralized location and as we grow, I mean we expand, I really think the people would get on a scooter and come see us,” Julie Sobckaz, owner of Alley Chat Vintage Mercantile, said.

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