FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- E-Scooters and bikes returned to Fort Wayne Thursday.
The city announced they will extend an ongoing pilot program with Veo, a shared mobility company.
The program will test if electric scooters are a viable mobility option in our city.
Adam Potter wasn’t prepared for this week’s unexpected temperature dip.
“I literally just took all of my winter clothes out of my car,” Potter said.
Hr and his friends traveled from New Haven into downtown just to scooter around.
“April 1st, yes, we have officially launched 200 scooters, eventually we’ll get up to 500. Throughout this weekend you’ll see more bikes as well,” Veo Local Fleet Coordinator Eric Xayarath said.
They’re extending the initial 16-month pilot program because Fort Wayne became one of Veo's hottest markets in 2020.
“We are really anticipating a good year this year based on what we’ve seen last year,” Xayarath said.
The Chicago-based company saw 110,000 unique riders, 200,000 different rides and 350,000 miles ridden in our city alone.
Paul Spoelhof says the City of Fort Wayne wants to study how the system works under non-pandemic circumstances.
“In normal situations, in the summer, downtown, where we have potentially festivals and other regular activities,” Spoelhof said.
Initially, the program started as a way to give residents and visitors another transportation option, but...
“What we’ve discovered is that we’re providing them just as much of a recreation feature and an attraction to downtown,” he said.
And a breath of fresh air for Potter and his friends.
“It’s a really good way to look around the city. I’ve seen so much stuff that I would’ve never seen on a car,” Potter said.
The City wants to remind users of a couple of things:
First, when you’re riding around, make sure you’re following the rules of the road. Second, when you’re done riding, park them appropriately. that means near and parallel to the curb.
No tax dollars support the program and Veo is responsible for all equipment and liability. Any questions or complaints should be directed to the City of Fort Wayne’s 311 line, Veo at 855-836-2256 or by emailing email@example.com.