Bikes, electric scooters will soon be in Fort Wayne

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – We now know when bikes and electric scooters will be brought in from VeoRide, the company working with the City of Fort Wayne for the alternate form of transportation.

According to Midwest Regional Manager for VeoRide, Ben Thomas, they will be in Monday, August 26.

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

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

“When you’re done riding, and you’re ready to park the scooter, we just require you take a photo to make sure that the scooter is parked properly, and then you end your ride through the app,” 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.”

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. 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.

“We will be implementing no-ride zones, so if the user does enter into that no-ride zone with a scooter on, the scooter will deactivate,” says Thomas. “The user will then have to walk that scooter back into the ride zone in order to keep riding.”

According to Thomas, there will be 350 scooters and 150 bikes in Fort Wayne, and Monday will be when they are introduced.

“That’ll just be getting those unloaded, stripping them down from their packaging, and then really just doing a quality check on all the scooters, beginning the charging process for all the batteries, and really just getting everything initially set.”

Thomas says the equipment will be available for use starting in the first week of September.

Jon Wilson

Jon Wilson

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