KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Two companies’ electric scooters will be on the streets of Knoxville starting Wednesday, weeks after problems with one provider forced them to be pulled.
Previous vendor Spin, a company which partners with Zagster, and VeoRide, a company new to Knoxville, will both be operating electric scooter programs starting Wednesday, May 1. Zagster operates the city’s Pace bike share program.
The two companies are part of a pilot program and have one-year operating agreements, which can be renewed.
Both companies operate via apps which must be downloaded to rent the scooters. Rates for VeoRide are $1 to unlock the scooter and 15 cents per mile. Spin charges $1 per 30 minutes.
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They can only be ridden in the streets and not on sidewalks or greenways. Pedestrian heavy areas like Market Square are also off limits.
Each company is providing 50 electric scooters and will increase that number over time depending on demand.
The city attempted to launch the Spin scooters on March 20, but city officials said there were issues with the geofencing feature that would prevent the scooters from being operated in prohibited zones.
The city passed a resolution allowing electric scooter companies to operate in Knoxville in February.