Rochester Wants New Bike Share Service Provider

Rochester Mayor Malik Evans wants to switch the provider of the city's shared e-bike and e-scooter program from HOPR to VeoRide of California.

The city and the Regional Transit Service have partnered with various private firms to provide shared bike service downtown since 2017. The existing agreement with HOPR ends in April, and the city has been eyeing the program being run with VeoRide in Syracuse for the past two years. VeoRide has agreements in 50 cities nationwide since it was founded six years ago.

The Veo system will not require any city funds. It will be supported by membership fees and a range of options will be available to pay for riding the bikes and scooters. Bike and scooter stations will be available across downtown as in the past, where users can pick up and drop off bikes.

The agreement with Veo will run for three years if City Council approves at the April meeting.

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