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Veo bikes, electric scooters now available for rent in Birmingham

The City of Birmingham on Friday announced that Veo shared bikes and electric scooters have launched in a wide service area that includes downtown and many neighborhoods.

The Illinois-based company has a presence in many cities around the nation, now including the Magic City.

Individuals may download the Veo app to identify available bikes and scooters and pay for rentals.

Birmingham’s Department of Transportation has established more than 90 corrals throughout the service area in the city. Veo will reportedly deploy up to 500 devices in the first 90 days of operations. Both the number of devices and service area may expand based on an assessment by the department.

Bikes will be available at any time, while scooters will be not be available from 11:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m.

Under the city ordinance and in keeping with current traffic laws, bikes and scooters will not be allowed on sidewalks. Police officers can write citations for those who ride on the sidewalk.

Additionally, bikes and scooters should be parked in recommended parking zones established by the city and identified with signage. Users who do not park in the recommended parking zones will be charged a convenience fee by the vendor.

Scooters will have a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour. Users must be at least 19-years-old to operate Veo scooters and have a government-issued driver’s license. Parents can provide permission for a user who is age 18.

This comes after the City of Birmingham approved the applications for Veo and Gotcha powered by Bolt in November. Gotcha powered by Bolt will also begin operations in the coming weeks.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn