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Scooter and Bike Share Program Coming to Sarasota

Scooter and Bike Share Program Coming to Sarasota

Sarasota, FL – New micro-mobility transportation options will soon be available to residents and visitors of Sarasota after the City Commission on Monday approved an agreement with an e-scooter and bike sharing provider.

Veo, a nationwide company based in Chicago, was selected as the exclusive operator in designated areas across Sarasota. About 350-400 scooters (both seated and stand-up) and 50-75 bicycles (traditional and pedal-assisted) will initially be available for rent, with the company having the option to increase the rental fleet if usage requirements are met.

City staff will now be assessing areas of the City where scooter and bike corrals may be operated via geofencing and establishing parking corrals. The service is expected to be available in about 45 days.

Rental costs for scooters will be $1 to unlock them via a mobile app, and 37 cents per minute. Bike rentals will be 50 cents per half hour. Through its Veo Access program, the company also offers discounted rates to low-income users who qualify.

The City will receive a share of the company’s revenues as part of the two-year agreement.

“We’re very excited to be bringing these convenient, safe and cost-effective transportation options to Sarasota,” said Mayor Erik Arroyo. “Having a micro-mobility program will help fill in the gaps in our transportation network for first-mile and last-mile trips to help our citizens get where they want and need to go. I’m looking forward to a long and successful partnership with Veo.”

As part of the agreement, the company has committed to employing locally based staff who will be available to repair and replace vehicles, return misplaced scooters and bikes to parking corrals and respond to any issues.

“Many of the industry’s biggest companies responded to the City’s call for vendors, but we were most impressed with Veo’s plan to make this a true partnership and serve the unique needs of our community,” said Parking Division General Manager Mark Lyons.

Veo operates in more than 35 cities across the country, including St. Petersburg and Gainesville here in Florida.

For more information, visit veoride.com or contact the City of Sarasota Parking Division at 941-263-6475.

About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 Best Places to Live in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse and inclusive community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 56,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov

European Scooter Startup Gets Huge Investment

Tier, a scooter-share startup with a presence in 40 cities in 12 countries, received a $60 million (U.S.) infusion it will use to further expand across Europe. With 10 million rides in less than a year, Tier claims to be the fastest growing micro-mobility startup to date.

In an interview, Tier CEO Lawrence Leuschner said the company is “not far away” from launching a new kind of micro-mobility vehicle–one that will be “good in rainy seasons.”

Read the whole story here.

MaaS Initiative Launched

By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has established a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) initiative to raise awareness of new and emerging issues/technologies.

“The proliferation of ride-hailing, bike-sharing, and most recently electric scooters has expanded the availability of transportation choices and is addressing some of the first- and last-mile issues that exist with traditional transit. They have the potential to affect housing and car-ownership decisions and can provide new travel options for the young, the old, and the disabled,” says an article about the initiative. It goes on to elaborate about challenges, such as curb-space demand, safety concerns, congestion, and accessibility concerns, that come with increased shared-mobility options, right alongside the pluses.

Read the full story here.

L. Dennis Burns, CAPP, is regional vice president with Kimley-Horn.

The Hot, New Shared Transportation Method? E-scooters.

Just when you thought you had bike-sharing down, there’s a new trend in town and some say it might make the bike-share market seem tiny in comparison. It’s electric scooter-sharing, and spurred on partially by nostalgia, partially by practicality, and partially because it’s just fun, it’s predicted to be the next hot trend in transportation.

Several bike-share companies are launching similar systems for electric scooters in existing bike markets. Bird, a new player in the market, says they’ll introduce the vehicles in 50 markets this year, including Washington, D.C. LimeBike announced plans to take some dockless bikes out of its D.C. fleet in favor of scooters this year, too. Fans say the scooters are easier to maneuver than bikes, more comfortable for the operator, and much more practical to use in business clothes, making them particularly attractive to transit users who need that last-mile solution.

Are electric scooters coming to a share-system near you? Read the whole story here.