Cedar Rapids brings back e-scooters and e-bikes for fourth season

Micromobility program returns with changes to promote safety and reduce clutter

Cedar Rapids brings back e-scooters and e-bikes for fourth season

VeoRide scooters display the rider’s speed and use unique QR codes as part of the rental app. E-bikes and e-scooters started arriving for the bike-sharing program on Friday and will soon introduce seated scooters. (The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Residents and visitors can once again rent an electric bike or scooter in downtown Cedar Rapids and surrounding neighborhoods to get around town.

The city kicked off its micromobility program for a fourth season on April 1. Through the program, Chicago-based supplier VeoRide is bringing a fleet containing e-bikes, stand-up scooters, and sit-down scooters to the heart of the city. Users can rent the devices through the Veo mobile app.

The program’s return follows the Cedar Rapids City Council signing a three-year extension to the city’s contract with VeoRide. Some changes have been made to the program to promote safety and reduce clutter from improperly parked devices.

“Each year, we learn from the experience and make adjustments to the program to better meet everyone’s needs,” Trent Cerra, a Cedar Rapids planner, said in a statement. “We made some changes this year to the city code and the agreement with Veo to promote safer driving habits.”

Changes include:

• Identity verification technology to verify that all riders meet the requirement of being at least 18 years old.

• Riders will be required to complete a safety quiz at the start of each season.

• Downtime for Veo staff to retrieve devices left outside marked areas is now 48 hours, down from 72 hours.

• Geofencing technology will prevent devices from being driven into “special event” areas defined by the city’s special events team.

• Increased education efforts will focus on safety, driving rules and better parking practices.

“Across the country, about half of all trips are under three miles and about 20% are under one mile,” Cerra said. “Short journeys are excellent candidates for micromobility devices and public transport. Riding an e-bike or scooter uses less energy than driving a car and is better for the environment.

To kick off the riding season, runners can use promo code CRspring22 for $5 in race credit through April 9. It costs $1 to unlock the devices, and per-minute charges vary depending on the device riders are using. Designated parking areas are available throughout the equestrian area.

More information about the city’s micromobility program, including safety tips and rules for cyclists, can be found at cedar-rapids.org

“We are excited to work with the City of Cedar Rapids to provide sustainable and convenient transportation options for residents and visitors,” Veo General Manager Candice Xie said in a statement. “Veo’s unique mixed fleet of sit-down scooters, stand-up scooters and e-bikes expands access by giving riders the flexibility to choose a vehicle that best suits their needs.”

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