FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Veo is testing new limits on its scooters in downtown Fort Wayne.
Alex Keating, the company’s Director of Public Policy and Partnerships, says this comes after hearing feedback from the community about the use of the scooters.
Courtesy: VeoRide | The area outlined in white will be a "No Ride Zone" from midnight until 5 a.m. The green streets only will still be accessible to scooter riders during that time.
“We always want to make sure we are balancing the needs of all of the street users in the city, not just our riders but everyone,” he said.
Between midnight and 5 a.m., the scooters will be limited to Harrison, Wayne and Berry streets only.
All other areas between Fourth and Baker Streets, and Clay and Ewing Streets will be considered “No Ride Zones” during those hours.
The scooters’ motors will shut off if they’re not on Harrison, Wayne or Berry streets.
“If you ride off of the approved street into the other area essentially, letting you know that you should go back to where it was working,” Keating said.
While this will limit where riders can go, the scooters aren’t completely inaccessible.
“It’s obviously in most riders’ interests, and to a certain degree the company’s interest to have that open 24 hours a day, right?” Keating said. “You drive a car, you expect to be able to use it 24 hours a day, if you’re gonna use a scooter, you probably expect the same.”
FOX 55 spoke with a few people off-camera in downtown Fort Wayne who said they are looking forward to the results of this experiment because they see the scooters all over town, often not parked in designated areas.
Keating says there’s no set end date for this experiment, but hopes it will provide good information about any needed next steps.
“This is a moment of learning for us, and for the city, we’ll see how it goes and we’ll address it based on the data we get,” he said.
Earlier this year, Fort Wayne City Councilmen Russ Jehl and Geoff Paddock tried to regulate the scooters more by passing a motion to issue fines to reckless drivers and set an age requirement for the scooters.
The councilmembers were outvoted 7-2.