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Contract changes meant to improve safety, reduce clutter

Before Cedar Rapids brings back a popular scooter and bike rental program for a fourth year, the question facing the City Council is whether to let the devices stay or order the vendor to scoot.

The council is slated Tuesday to consider a three-year contract extension with Chicago-based VeoRide, the vendor that owns and operates hundreds of electric-assisted bikes and scooters — a program that has faced scrutiny by some citizens and elected officials who are wary of the disorderly and unsafe use of the electric devices in downtown and surrounding districts including MedQuarter, NewBo, Czech Village and Kingston Village.

With contract revisions proposed to address these concerns, the council may take a wait-and-see approach to OK the modifications and in the future review whether the changes address the worries.



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