FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – Officials with VeoRide said vandals have cut brake lines and unscrewed parts of the handlebar on the VeoRide scooters.
The VeoRide pilot program will last for 16-months. Officials with the City of Fort Wayne said the program will help determine whether or not shared scooters have a positive impact on the city.
Officials with the City of Fort Wayne said they hope the shared scooters will offer people more options for transportation and new ways to explore the city.
Officials with VeoRide said there are 300 scooters in Fort Wayne, however, 75% of them now work.
Officials with VeoRide and the City of Fort Wayne said they have seen an uptick in vandalism. They said people have been cutting brake lines and unscrewing parts of the handlebars.
“I rode on a few of them where this (handlebar) was loose in the front here. Kind of scary,” Tommy Hendry, a rider said.
The damages are usually fixable according to officials with VeoRide.
Police are currently looking into the vandalism.
A few riders said they are worried the vandalism will endanger the safety of riders and will send a wrong message to city officials.
“Whoever’s doing that, consider everyone else,” Hendry said. “It’s not just for one person. Let’s keep something great in our city.”
“For the people who actually enjoy it and want it to stay here…we really want them to stay,” Robert Hendry, a rider said. “We just don’t want people to vandalize them that’s all.”