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.

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