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Electric scooter, bike pilot expected to launch in September

VeoRide could soon be dropping off electric scooters and bikes in downtown Fort Wayne.

Posted: Aug 16, 2019 9:03 PM
Updated: Aug 16, 2019 10:15 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Electric scooters could be in Fort Wayne as early as next month.

VeoRide could soon be dropping off electric scooters and bikes in downtown Fort Wayne.

"I think it would be great for the community to have more options for people to get around downtown," said Amy Savino.

Savino said she wouldn't mind riding one.

"I'm a big fan of bicycling. I think scooters are pretty close to that. You can probably get a little farther in less time," she said.

A pilot program is expected to begin in September with a few dozen electric scooters and bikes.

Having the shared mobility pilot allows the city to have a little more control before the scooters arrive by requiring a permit.

"This is a good thing for our community, see if it is fun, something that really promotes activity and physical fitness in downtown Fort Wayne," said Mary Tindal, Fort Wayne Community Development spokeswoman.

The VeoRide scooters work like other companies and use an app.

Tindal said the city picked the company because it has a Geo Fencing technology, forcing peope to only ride in a certain area.

Those boundaries are still being sorted out, but the Promenade Park will be off limits.

"Just looking around,there's people everywhere, there's young children, there's animals. So to have motorized scooters going around in here, is probably a little dangerous," said Savino who was at Promenade Park Friday afternoon.

"I think any more speed and a new mode of transportation is probably not super safe," said David Lawson.

Lawson said he already bikes the trails from Purdue University Fort Wayne to downtown and he would like to see the scooters available that far.

"It would be a fun mode of transportation when family came and visited," he said.

The pilot program will run through December 2020, and the city can cancell it early if it needs too.

There will be no more than 300 scooters and 150 bikes during the pilot.

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