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E-scooter program launching Friday in the Fort

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – As we scoot into the weekend, you’ll have one more option to make your way downtown.

VeoRide, a shared mobility company that rents e-scooters, is setting up the first round of electric scooters and bikes in Fort Wayne on Friday.

Fort Wayne joins several other cities across the country that are home to rentable electric scooters.

To ride, you have to download the app, pay an initial charge, and then so much per mile.

“Each scooter has a QR Code that’s posted on the front of the frame. You scan that with your phone, the scooter unlocks, and then you’re free to ride,” says Thomas.

Those scooters should be prominent, as they will be positioned in various areas around the city.

“The scooters are dockless, so we won’t have actual stations anywhere,” says Thomas. “We will be deploying about three to four scooters per corner that have been designated by the city, as well as long with the bikes that we’re going to be deploying.”

No-ride zones are one thing in the agreement to keep these away from areas where city officials don’t want them, such as Promenade Park.

This is a pilot program, so the permit can be revoked anytime between the start of September and December of 2020 if the city thinks these don’t have a positive impact in the community.

According to Midwest Regional Manager for VeoRide, Ben Thomas, there will be 350 scooters and 150 bikes in Fort Wayne.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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