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IU Parking has impounded over 150 Limes and Birds since their arrival

<p>Impounded Bird scooters have parking citation notes posted on them. The scooters are currently being held in a storage room at the Poplars Parking Garage.</p>

Impounded Bird scooters have parking citation notes posted on them. The scooters are currently being held in a storage room at the Poplars Parking Garage.

The IU Office of Parking Operations impounded about 150 electric scooters between their arrival to Bloomington and Sept. 19, the office said Oct. 3. 

The scooters were impounded for violating parking policies. Instead of being parked at or near bike racks, they were left on sidewalks, streets and in the middle of streets on campus. 

Amanda Turnipseed, Office of Parking Operations director, said she and her colleagues have sometimes moved scooters to bike racks nearby because they don't want to take them. 

“We really want students to continue to use these safely,” Turnipseed said.

She said she wants to keep students out of harm’s way and ensure the scooters can remain on campus for students and others to use. To prevent more scooters from being impounded, students should leave their ride in the vicinity of a bike rack, Turnipseed said.

Scooters can’t be parked on or in pedestrian pathways, vehicle parking spaces, ramps, stairwells, and buildings, or locked to signs, light poles, fences, benches, handrails or other fixtures. All motorized scooter guidelines can be found on the IU Office of Parking Operations website. 

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