Veo Scooters are now available Wednesday, offering residents and visitors another way to explore Pensacola with the Cosmo ve1 model. This micromobility device offers a cushioned seat and advanced steel suspension.
Veo currently operates e-scooters in more than 30 cities nationwide, and will deploy up to 250 scooters in the franchise area for the remainder of the pilot program.
Through the VeoRide app available for download on the App Store or Google Play, riders can locate the nearest Veo scooter on a map, complete the safety tutorial and ride directly to their desired destination.
Upon ending their trip, riders should park the device upright and place it along the side of a sidewalk or sidewalk area to keep the pedestrian path open. Remember to take a photo of the scooter through the app to ensure proper parking.
Tweaking scooter rules: Rule changes coming next week for e-scooters in downtown Pensacola
The city last week announced new rules that would prohibit scooters from operating in Pensacola after midnight on weekends.
With six months left in the city's one-year trial of e-scooter rentals, the council approved updating the city's ordinance that regulates the rental e-scooters to ban the devices from riding on city sidewalks, except to be parked, and prohibiting their use from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. Friday through Sunday.
The ordinance also added more streets that e-scooters are not allowed to operate on including Cervantes Street, Ninth Avenue, Garden Street and Barrancas Avenue.
It also bans the e-scooters from parking on sidewalks on Palafox Street between Garden and Main streets, as well as on sidewalks along Intendencia and Government streets between Palafox and Alcaniz streets.
The cost for a Veo ride is $1 to start and 39 cents per minute fee to ride. Riders can use the promo code VEOXPNS for $10 riding credit during the initial launch period. Discounted fees are available to low-income users who qualify through the Veo Access Program.
Veo guidelines and rules include:
The electric scooters can be used on roads and in bike lanes and have a maximum speed of 15 mph. No riding on sidewalks is allowed.
Scooters must be parked out of the way of pedestrians and never blocking driveways or accessibility ramps.
Riders are required to be at least 18 years old to access the scooters.
Riders are encouraged to wear a helmet on every ride.
Riders are required to obey all standard rules of the road.
Additional rules may apply. Please refer to the app for more information.
Mechanical issues, inappropriate parking and other questions or concerns can be reported through the Help Center in the VeoRide app, at 855-836-2256 or hello@VeoRide.com.
Micromobility device ordinance compliance issues can also be reported through City of Pensacola 311.
Information on the slow zone, exclusion areas where micromobility devices are not allowed, and other regulations is available on the City Shared Micromobility website.
This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: Pensacola scooters: Veo Scooters deploys 250 scooters downtown