FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Electric scooters are popping up all over downtown Fort Wayne.
While some people say they’re a hazard when riders leave them in the middle of sidewalks, other people love using them.
“A lot of people are taking advantage of the scooters and testing them out for the first week, trying to figure out how it’s going to work into their daily commute but also how it can become a fun social activity for them,” says VeoRide’s Ben Thomas.
If you’ve been downtown lately, you’ve likely seen people whizzing by on electric scooters that have been available for about a week now.
People we talked to seem to really like them.
“My husband was on them not too long ago, said they were fun so I was going to try them out. And what do you think? I love them. They’re a blast, other than almost wiping out. But other than that, they’re fun,” Kayla Jones says.
“Price is actually reasonable. I mean, you figure out $10 for the first hour then $9 an hour every hour after that. You can’t go wrong with that. It’s cheaper than most stuff in Fort Wayne,” Marquis Jones adds.
We followed Thomas as he checked his computer to show where to change out batteries so that scooters would be ready for their next riders.
The VeoRide app is designed to collect data to show the company where demand is.
For example, the first week the scooters were available, at least one person tried to ride the scooter from downtown to Glenbrook Square Mall.
Thomas says some throttle issues were reported initially, but says those scooters have been repaired and are back on the streets.
If you experience some throttle issues, you might want to check the app’s map on your phone to make sure you’re outside a no-ride zone like Parkview Field or Promenade Park.
“All of those areas are marked black in their app. So if you come across those, even if you’re not necessarily in the zone but you’re near it, the scooter’s probably going to shut down a little bit. So we just ask that you walk it about 10-20 yards away from that zone. It should kick back on and you can continue to ride,” Thomas says.
VeoRide plans to have all 300 scooters out on Fort Wayne’s streets by the end of the weekend.
VeoRide plans to introduce non-motorized bicycles to the city in the next few months.