A new electric-assisted bicycle company joins the mix of bicycles and scooters on Seattle’s streets as the city is expanding shared transportation options.
Based in Chicago I see it plans to have 1,500 of its Cosmo electric bikes in Seattle by next spring, and is rolling out the first 500 within the next week.
The Cosmo has an assisted throttle and has pedals and a motor to facilitate travel for people of different abilities. The lower center of gravity is reminiscent of the Wheels seat scooter which is also part of the Seattle Department of Transportation mobility program.
Veo will join Lime, which is now part of Uber, as the city’s second-best bike-share option. Lime operates red Jump electric bikes.
“We are delighted to work with the City of Seattle to expand sustainable transportation with our most accessible electric bike yet,” Veo CEO Candice Xie said in a press release. “Veo’s electric bikes will give Seattlites a fun, car-free option to get where they need to go, whether it’s to a neighborhood coffee shop or the last mile from a transit stop.”
According to SDOT data, there have been 359,000 shared bike rides so far in 2021. That’s up from 316,700 in 2020, but well down from the 2.2 million recorded in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and changed travel and lifestyles. .
Along with Wheels, there are scooter fleets in Seattle from Lime, Spin, and Link. Electric scooters have attracted more passengers in 2021, with 1.8 million trips, up from 88,600 in 2020.
“This program is an important part of our strategy to reduce pollution and meet our climate goals, and we are excited to expand the program and welcome Veo to Seattle,” said SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe in a statement. .
I see said the electric bike program will bring up 30 jobs to Seattle, with roles focused on maintenance, rebalancing, responding to needs in the field, and community involvement.
Cyclists can use the Veo app to scan a QR code and unlock a bike for $ 1. Rides cost 29 cents per minute for the duration of the ride. The RIDESEA promo code will allow passengers to avoid the unlock fee and get $ 5 in credit. I see also offers discounted fares for low-income passengers.
Like the other sharing options, riders are encouraged to park devices responsibly to avoid hindering accessibility on city sidewalks. Passengers must take a photo of the Veo bike to confirm proper parking and end the ride.