CRPD Issues Warning About Riding Scooters Downtown
If you don't follow the rules, you could get in some trouble!
Yesterday afternoon, the Cedar Rapids Police Department issued a warning on social media to Iowans who are taking advantage of the bike and scooter rental program in the downtown area. There seems to be a growing problem in terms of where people are riding the bikes and scooters. The Facebook post reads:
"In the downtown and surrounding districts: bikes, scooters/sit-down scooters, and skateboards are not permitted to ride on sidewalks. Please walk your wheels in these areas for the safety of pedestrians, or enjoy riding in a bike lane. Sidewalk decals and street signage have been installed in areas where riding on the sidewalk is not permitted."
In just one hour on Saturday, the CRPD issued 17 citations to people who were riding on the sidewalks in areas where they weren't supposed to. Let this be a reminder to follow the rules the next time you're scoot-scooting around town.
Apparently, Cedar Rapidians have also been asking what they can do about bikes and scooters that are being left around town. The post from the CRPD says that the company VeoRide is in charge of that, and if you have any issues, you can contact them via phone at (855) 836-2256 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I haven't had the chance to try out any of the rentable bikes or scooters yet, but they seem to be wildly popular! I drove through the NewBo and downtown areas on Sunday afternoon, and it seemed like every single one was in use. If you'd like more information on the bike/scooter share program in downtown Cedar Rapids, click HERE.