Company Testing E-Scooters, Bikes in Fort Wayne

Posted: Updated:
(photo courtesy VeoRide) (photo courtesy VeoRide)
FORT WAYNE -

A Chicago-based shared mobility company is testing e-scooters and pedal bikes in Fort Wayne. VeoRide has been issued a permit to begin a 16-month pilot program in the city's downtown, beginning with dozens of e-scooters over the next month.

The pilot program will not exceed 300 scooters and 150 pedal bikes in a designated area. 

The scooters and pedal bikes can only be operated through the VeoRide app, with customers needing to be 18 years old with a required credit card on file. The cost to unlock the e-scooter is $1, with a $.15 charge per minute. Pedal bikes are also a $1 to unlock, but only cost $.05 per minute to ride. 

“We are thrilled to be working with the City of Fort Wayne to provide its residents with a sustainable transportation alternative,” said Ben Thomas, VeoRide Midwest manager. “We hope this pilot project helps reduce car emissions and time wasted in traffic, while also providing areas of the city that need more first and last mile commuting options with a quicker, easier and more fun way to get where they need to be.”

The e-scooters will only be allowed to be ridden and parked in certain areas, with geo-fencing technology used to continue charging a rider who parks outside the designated area. A map of the boundaries can be found here. The Fort Wayne Community Development Division is developing a committee of bike advocates, police officers and public works staff to study best practices and to learn from other cities with pilot programs. 

“Our goals for the pilot program are to increase transportation options for residents; promote travel to local landmarks, restaurants and shops; encourage physical activity; provide options for visitors and tourists to explore our city; improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion; and connect neighborhoods,” said Dan Baisden, City of Fort Wayne planner.

Under current city ordinance, both vehicles will be allowed on city sidewalks. The company has a local support team to respond to any problems or concerns. 

  • Perspectives

    • Want to Lower Your Medicare Premiums?

      If you’re nearing retirement age, health insurance and Medicare are probably on your mind as well. Do you understand how Medicare works and how the monthly premium is determined? You need to be in the know to avoid making costly mistakes. Here are some tips for potentially lowering your Medicare premiums.

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Photo courtesy of Key Detail

      Internationally-Known Artists to Paint Greencastle Mural

      Key Detail, an internationally known mural artist, has been selected to create one of Indiana’s largest murals on four large grain silos at the corner of Veterans Memorial Highway and U.S. 231 in Greencastle. The Putnam County Mural Project received more than 70 applications from muralists worldwide for the project, which is a canvas of up to 8,000-square-feet and a primary gateway for Greencastle.  

    • Hicks: Stakes High for Both Sides in GM Strike

      As a strike at General Motors Co. enters its second week, Ball State University economist Mike Hicks believes both sides are digging in for what could be a lengthy fight over key issues. For the United Auto Workers Union, Hicks says it’s about maintaining and adding to membership, which plummeted nine per cent in 2018, even as manufacturing was enjoying a resurgence. For GM, Hicks says flexibility is critical. “They are looking at the EV, or hybrid market, and that’s...

    • Want to Lower Your Medicare Premiums?

      If you’re nearing retirement age, health insurance and Medicare are probably on your mind as well. Do you understand how Medicare works and how the monthly premium is determined? You need to be in the know to avoid making costly mistakes. Here are some tips for potentially lowering your Medicare premiums.

    • Parkview Heart Institute is part of the Parkview Health System

      Most Wired Hospitals in Indiana Ranked

      A national association of healthcare information executives has once again honored Fort Wayne-based Parkview Health for its commitment to using advanced technologies in their clinical and business operations. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives says Parkview is ranked in the 97th percentile of organizations surveyed for the program, earning a “Most Wired” distinction. 

    • Butler University in Indianapolis is one of the 30 members of the Independent Colleges Indiana

      Economic Impact of Independent Colleges, Universities

      An Indianapolis-based association representing 30 non-profit colleges and universities in the state says collectively they have a $5.4 billion impact on Indiana’s economy every year. Independent Colleges of Indiana has released an economic impact study to illustrate what role the institutions have.