Cosmo scooters launch as part of Cedar Rapids bike share program

Cedar Rapids has a new addition to its bike-share program – Cosmo scooters.  They arrive Thursday, May 27, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

You can check them out during a launch gathering on Thursday, May 27, from 4:30-6 p.m. in Greene Square when residents can ride the new scooters for free according to a release.

The vendor for the scooters, VeoRide, will be available to assist folks in downloading the mobile app, or to answer any questions about the new scooters and how they operate. Normal fares will resume following the event.

The Cosmos are sit-down scooters, which travel at the same speeds as traditional stand-up scooters. The Cosmo lowers the rider’s center of gravity, makes hand signaling easier and provides another mobility option for riders who are not comfortable or able to ride a bike or traditional stand-up scooter. Like traditional scooters and e-bikes, residents can ride the new Cosmo scooters on the bike lanes, travel lanes, or trails, but not on the sidewalk.

They join the electric-assist bikes and electric scooters that launched earlier this month. The Bike Share program is available throughout the downtown and surrounding districts (MedQuarter, NewBo, Czech Village, Kingston Village) for short recreational rides or to close gaps in transportation.

The bikes and scooters are accessible through the VeoRide app (free on any app provider).

Fares include:

  • E-bikes: $1 to unlock, 20 cents per minute of use.
  • Traditional standup scooters:  $1 to unlock, 29 cents per minute of use.
  • New sit-down scooters: $1 to unlock, 33 cents per minute of use.

More on the bikes and scooters can be found here.