If you’re interested in exploring Cedar Rapids without worrying about parking, you can use the new bike share program implemented by the city in the spring of 2019. The city now has 150 electric-assist bikes, 70 electric-assist scooters and 90 designated green parking stations in the neighborhoods of Downtown, New Bohemia, Kingston Village, Czech Village and the MedQuarter. Click here for a map of stations.
The most unique attribute of these bikes is their electric assistance-- as soon as you start pedaling, you feel the help of the electric motor. This makes the experience all the more enjoyable-- you can bike around downtown Cedar Rapids without breaking a sweat. This is especially true considering the city’s recent addition of bike lanes in the downtown.
To use a bike, download the free VeoRide app. This app makes the process simple-- you find a bike using the map inside the app, you scan the QR code on your desired bike and unlock it via the app. Now you’re free to ride to your liking. Finally, when you manually lock the bike, the app will record how long you’ve used the bike and will charge you appropriately.
The cost to use these e-bikes is $1.00 to unlock and then $0.15 per minute. These payments are made simple through the VeoRide app.
No Bikes/Scooters on Sidewalks - In the downtown and surrounding districts: bikes, 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 your bike or scooter in a bike lane (bikes may also use the full travel lane). Sidewalk decals and street signage have been installed in areas where riding on the sidewalk is not permitted. Like cyclists, scooter riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet.
Whatever reason you have for being downtown, these bikes can be beneficial to you-- you can bike from a parking garage, you can make multiple stops without reparking, or you can ride for fun. Go ahead and try it out!
For more information including a map of bike stations and safety tips, click here.