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E-Scooters make a comeback in second year of Cedar Rapids bike-share program

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- This summer you may notice more people out on scooters in Cedar Rapids' downtown area, the e-scooters are part of a bike-share program back for its second year.

The popular Veo-Ride bike share program returned after being delayed due to COVID-19.

There are seven times the number of scooters after they created a buzz during last year's pilot program said Community Development Planner, Sylvia Brueckert.

"We've seen higher numbers than last year so far. It varies day to day with the weather but roughly 1,000 or so rides a day, which is pretty impressive," said Brueckert.

The city did several projects to prepare for the bike-share program's return such as "Walk Your Wheels" signage through downtown and adding separate bike lanes on roads such as 3rd Ave.

To use a bike or scooter riders need to download the Veo-Ride app, which includes a map to help locate available devices. A QR code on the scooter or bike allows them to check it out.

The 150 bikes and 70 scooters are especially popular among young people, like Cousins', Jaxon and Grace Fox who were checking out bikes to see more of the city before one of them left town.

"I used to ride a Razor scooter when I was younger, and those things were really fun so I think now that they're motorized everyone wants to get out and ride around because you don't have to do much work and you can see everything really easily," said Jaxton.

The bikes and scooter are $1 to unlock and .20 or .25 cents a minute to ride.

As for rules, riders cannot take either the bikes or scooters outside of the designated area outlined in the app. It's also illegal to ride on sidewalks in busy areas, instead, people are asked to use the bike lanes.

When a rider is done they can park the device anywhere or in the designated docking area.

"You want to make sure you're not blocking a business entrance or leaving it in someone's front yard. You want to leave it somewhere out of the way, and where someone else can pick it up and use it," said Brueckert.

A notice on the app lets riders know extra measures are also being taken to try to keep the scooters and bikes sanitary. However, the city also encourages riders to keep their distance from others on the trails and wash their hands after use.

"The Veo-Ride staff does disinfect every bike or scooter every time they interact with it so they're helping with that," said Brueckert.

The e-scooters and bikes give riders a boost to start off but because they're not motorized, riders cannot get an O.W.I. however, police can site someone for public intoxication.

If you experience any issues with bikes parked improperly at the station near your property, contact VeoRide’s customer service:

Click here to find more information about the cities bike share program.

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Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids

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