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Bicycles will be added to scooters for rent downtown

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Spring is not far away, and that means a pilot program to promote the use of electric scooters in the core of the city will soon be firing back up.

The program will also roll out another mode of travel for exploring the community.

VeoRide will offer 150 bicycles for rent in downtown Fort Wayne.

VeoRide, the company that has exclusive rights to rent shared electric scooters in the city through the end of 2020, will now be offering 150 pedal bicycles for rent.

As with the scooters, they will be dockless, and can be operated via an app on smart phones.

"You scan it and you go, you drop it off wherever you please, if there's any maintenance we'll come and pick it up for you. If not, just enjoy your time," said Eric Xayarath, VeoRide's fleet coordinator.

VeoRide booked 46,717 electric scooter rides in downtown Fort Wayne the last three months of 2019.

VeoRide reports that in just the final three months of last year, it booked more than 46,000 rides on the electric scooters it rented.

Around the launch last fall with the scooters, VeoRide dealt with some vandalism issues, people tampering with brake levers and cutting brake lines.

Xayarath says those problems diminished over time.

The city is talking with VeoRide about expanding the geo-fence, or outer perimeter, where the scooters and bikes can be operated.

"We got a lot of feedback that people in the neighborhoods, especially the ones that ring around downtown, would like to have more access so they can get downtown from their neighborhood, not have to drive their car," said Mary Tyndall, a spokesperson for the Fort Wayne Community Development Department.

The tentative date for the scooters and bikes to hit the streets is March 13th.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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