E-scooter, bike-sharing program coming to Sarasota soon

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Fleets of electric bicycles and scooters are hitting the streets of Sarasota.

This week, the Sarasota City Commission paved the way for Veo, a Chicago-based electric scooter and bike-sharing provider, to roll out scooter fleets across the city. The city said its staff have begun evaluating areas where geofencing can be used to enforce parking rules and corral scooters in busy areas. The service should be available in early March.

Around 350-400 electric scooters (seated and standing) and 50-75 bicycles (traditional and pedal-assisted) will initially be available for rental. Fleets can increase if certain usage requirements are met.

Residents and visitors will be able to access the scooters via a mobile app. They will pay $1 to unlock a scooter and 37 cents per minute to ride one. Bike rental is 50 cents per half hour. Discounted rates are available for low-income users who qualify.

“We are thrilled to bring these convenient, safe and cost-effective transportation options to Sarasota,” said Mayor Erik Arroyo. “Having a micro-mobility program will help fill the gaps in our transportation network for first and last mile journeys to help our citizens get where they want and need to go. I look forward to this transformative and successful partnership with Veo.

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

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

Electric Scooter Vs Gasoline Scooter Price Performance Range Usability What To Buy?

Electric VS Gasoline Scooter – What to Buy?

Electric scooters have been a huge hit as they are grabbing all the attention from buyers. With newer players claiming record bookings like Ola S1 or even other players like Ather doing well, can we say this is the end of the gas scooter? Not enough.

Gas powered scooters like the hugely popular Honda Active continue to remain extremely popular and are still by far the best selling scooter. Yes, they may not have the noise surrounding an Ola, but that doesn’t mean it’s not selling. The best-selling gas scooters currently are dominated by the Honda Activa, TVS Jupiter and TVS Ntorq 125. Electric scooters still have time to match reliability or even range and range. Let’s see a few points.


Typically, electric scooters are outright more expensive than gas-powered scooters, but the cost has come down due to subsidies. That said, gas scooters are cheaper at the moment. Even the electric scooter is easier to maintain with much lower maintenance costs because electric scooters have fewer parts. However, longevity also needs to be looked at as a gas powered scooter can run for many years whereas an electric scooter can have its battery life limited to around 4 years?


This is where electric scooters win as they are much faster and smoother with smooth acceleration. Therefore, for city use when squeezing under gaps for instant acceleration, an electric scooter is easier to use. Electric scooters have a lot more torque, which further improves performance. It’s not that gas scooters are slow, but electric scooters just have more instant traction.

Range and Usability

This is where gas scooters win. Electric scooters may promise great range, but the real world can’t match the convenience of a gas-powered scooter. Sure, for a commute around town the new line of electric scooters makes sense with just about good real-world range, but their range currently isn’t good enough to beat a gas-powered scooter in terms of simple “fill it, close it”. and forget about it”. With a gasoline scooter, you can take it anywhere without worrying about range.

There is also a lack of charging infrastructure. Sparing few cities, the charging infrastructure can’t match the sheer ease of use that a gas-powered scooter gives you, no matter the price of gas. Also for buyers, the installation of charging stations or access to charging remains a major challenge. A gas powered scooter is more reliable and works anywhere, it matters.

What to buy?

If you live in big cities and have access to charging at your home/office and use a scooter for short distances, then an electric scooter makes sense. The range is decent, it’s smooth, fast and easy to use. Plus, of course, they’re cheaper to run, with gas prices being so high.

That said, gas scooters are tougher, more reliable, easier to maintain for years to come, with the freedom to take anywhere, and the convenience of just filling up and going. Charging infrastructure is an issue with the higher cost of purchasing an electric scooter. In many ways, a gas powered scooter makes even more sense overall and it’s no surprise they sell for so many.

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Teenagers accused of taking Piaggio Vespa scooter from Newton Aycliffe

A YOUTH appeared in court after riding a scooter outside a property.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, admitted his role in the seizure of the Piaggio Vespa scooter from a property in Newton Aycliffe on January 6.

The victim, who has a heart condition and struggles to walk very far, told the court she was frustrated after the scooter was taken “in broad daylight”.

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In a victim impact statement, he said: “These men are causing severe misery and they must be dealt with.”

The boy pleaded guilty to taking the vehicle without consent, causing criminal damage to a Durham Police vehicle and obstructing a police officer.

He had already been the subject of an order on January 7 and will work with the young offenders team. It has been extended for five months to take account of the most recent offences.

The court heard he had recently left school and started getting into trouble, but his parents had welcomed the comments from the Young Offenders Team.

He was urged by magistrates not to associate with individuals who would get him into trouble. They added: “It’s your future and in your interest to accept help.”

Another teenager, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, has also emerged in connection with the incident.

He was released on bail and will appear in court on January 14.

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