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New e-scooter and bike share pilot program begins in Fort Wayne

The pilot program will eventually feature 300 e-scooters and 150 bikes to use throughout Fort Wayne and the pilot lasts from September 2019 to December 2020.

Posted: Sep 6, 2019 4:44 PM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 6:13 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Veoride introduced their neo-rides in downtown Fort Wayne on Friday. Over the course of the 15-month trial, 300 e-scooters and 150 pedal bikes will be rolled out for public use.

The decision on which company to go with was hard for the city says City Planner Dan Baisden.

"We spent several months and several hours going through best practice research of other cities, trying to figure out what’s going right, what’s going wrong, how we can avoid some of the missteps of other companies in the past," Baisden said.

However, using the scooters or bikes is simple.

You download the app and enter payment details, scan the QR code, and get to moving!

You can’t take the e-scooters and bikes everywhere, though.

If you enter one of the 7 no-ride zones in downtown, the e-scooter slows to a halt, forcing you to haul it back into the ride zone.

If you leave an e-scooter or a bike in a no-ride or no-parking zone, you’ll be continuously charged until it’s parked properly and/or charged for a pick-up fee.

Ben Thomas, the Midwest General Manager for Veoride explained how to properly park the rides.

"You can leave them on the sidewalks. We ask you to put them at the far side of the sidewalk. If you have a bike rack that’s close by, put them in a bike rack, anywhere that’s not going to be impeding a pedestrian or another bike rider or scooter rider, that where we ask you to put them," Thomas said.

Leaving the scooters and bikes just anywhere could possibly cause problems for those with disabilities.

In a statement from The League, a group that helps the blind and disabled in Fort Wayne, President John Guingrich said in part,

"The best ways to prevent any potential issues is if storage racks do not block or reduce the path of travel, users make the effort to put the scooters back in the racks, and users remember that they are moving faster than pedestrians that may not be able to see, hear, or move as quickly as them.”

However, he went on to explain that in some locations where similar programs exist, they saw few, if any, problems.

Veoride has an office in downtown fort wayne to help with any problems and Baisden believes this will be a good alternative way of getting around.

Baisden said "We wanted to provide it as a great mobility solution for people who may not have a vehicle or people who may just want to be outside and enjoy the outdoors."

If you want more information on how to use the Veoride scooters and bikes, go to their website

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