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Cedar Rapids brings back bike share program

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- If you need a bike or scooter this summer, you're in luck.

The city of Cedar Rapids is bringing back its bike share program within the next two weeks.

The program provides 150 electric-assist bikes and 70 electric scooters, with 90 designated bike racks throughout downtown and surrounding districts (MedQuarter, NewBo, Czech Village, Kingston Village).

The program was popular last year. The city said there were more than 17,000 bike rides and more than 12,000 scooter rides logged between May and November. More than 5,000 people used the services.

“We recognize the value in offering additional transportation options to residents, as well as a healthy outlet for physical fitness and activity,” says Assistant Director of Community Development Bill Micheel. “Last year’s pilot program was extremely successful, and we look forward to offering this service again this year.”

To keep riders safe, the program's vendor, VeoRide, is disinfecting the bikes and stations twice a day.

The city encourages riders to wash their hands frequently.

HOW TO USE

You can access the bikes through the VeoRide app. Riders can unlock bikes for $1, with a charge of 15 cents per minute of use.

Using the Bike Share System for Bikes or Scooters

  • Download the VeoRide mobile app for free
  • Create an account
  • Scan the QR code on any scooter or bike (or enter the ID number) to begin your ride
  • When finished, park in a designated bike rack
  • The fare will end once you lock the bike or click "end ride" on the scooter
  • Payment is completed through the app

Park Responsibility

Park in one of the green bike racks shown on the app. Scooters may be parked in any green bike rack or in the designated parking area for scooters, painted on the sidewalk near bike racks. Parking in bike racks or in designated parking areas ensures sidewalks and building entrances remain open and accessible for pedestrians while keeping the system neat and organized.

Walk Your Wheels

In the downtown and surrounding districts, bikes, scooters, and skateboards are not permitted on sidewalks. The city said you need to walk your wheels in these areas. You can also enjoy riding your bike or scooter in a bike lane. Sidewalk decals and street signage have been installed in areas where riding on the sidewalk is not permitted.

For more information about the program, visit: http://www.cedar-rapids.org/local_government/departments_a_-_f/community_development/bike_share_system.php