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Fort Wayne’s test e-scooters are here

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Electric scooters have hit the streets for Fort Wayne’s test program.

VeoRide, a shared mobility company that rents e-scooters, and city leaders held a news conference Friday afternoon unveiling the program.

On Friday and into the weekend, the company set out around 60 scooters for folks to use.

Over the next couple of weeks, there will be 350 electric scooters in Fort Wayne.

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

There are no dock points for scooters, which means to find them, you’ll have to load up the app to locate an available ride.

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.

If you take a VeoRide scooter into an off-limits area, the scooter will slow down and eventually stop. You’ll have to walk it out of the area for it to start up again.

Officials recommend you wear helmets while using the scooters, obey all traffic laws, and stay alert.

These scooters have a top speed of 15 mph.

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.

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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