Nearly two weeks ago, just in time for the influx of tourists arriving for Memorial Day weekend, Asbury Park unveiled a thrilling new scooter share program in partnership with VeoRide. Faced with growing parking challenges and increased summer tourism, the city sought a solution that was both practical and sustainable. Enter the scooter share program. By providing easy access to electric scooters, this initiative aims to alleviate parking woes, promote eco-friendly transportation, and offer a quick, efficient, and convenient travel option for both residents and visitors. The program is already creating quite a buzz, making it easier than ever to navigate the city’s vibrant attractions.

“The great thing about having the scooters in town is it allows people in the community to move freely without a car,” said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn. “It reduces the issue of finding a parking space in heavily trafficked areas, such as the South West part of Asbury Park, Main Street, the downtown area, and the beachfront.” This freedom to move about effortlessly addresses a major concern for both residents and visitors, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the city’s vibrant attractions without the hassle of parking.

I chose the sit-down one because I’ve never driven a scooter before. I was heading to my friend’s food truck and there was no parking, so I thought if I’m gonna ride one, let me do it sitting down. I want to feel like a kid on a scooter!

Lamar Brown, Ocean Township

Residents like Abby have already started embracing the new scooters. “I love the new ones. I started this weekend,” Abby shared. “They’re a little more secure with bigger wheels and definitely an easier app situation.” Abby, who chose to ride a bike instead of a scooter due to her large beach bag, discovered an added perk: “I found out that they offer a monthly membership for like $6.99. A ride to the beach and back from downtown to the beach is like 8 bucks, so you get a better deal.” She promptly signed up for the membership, appreciating the value and convenience it provides.

Lamar Brown from Ocean Township shared his first experience with the scooters. “This is my first time riding the new scooters,” Lamar said with a grin. “I chose the sit-down one because I’ve never driven a scooter before. I was heading to my friend’s food truck and there was no parking, so I thought if I’m gonna ride one, let me do it sitting down. I want to feel like a kid on a scooter!” Lamar’s enthusiasm highlights the appeal and accessibility of the scooters, even for first-time users.

Asbury Park Resident, Abby, finishing up her ride on the VeoRide Cosmo seated scooter. Credit: BSB Fotography

VeoRide was chosen to roll out 250 scooters across Asbury Park, with over 50 designated parking spots. This partnership came about after the city’s original vendor went bankrupt, prompting the city council to find a reliable replacement. VeoRide impressed officials with its advanced geocentric technology and commitment to safety and quality. Each scooter features front and rear safety lights, a bell, and a speed cap of 12 mph.

Available from 5 am to 10 pm daily, the scooters are accessible to anyone 18 and older. Signing up is simple: users can register via Facebook or email, provide payment details, and verify their age by scanning their driver’s license.

Note: According to VeoRide Customer Support: Anyone who is 18 and older who wishes to access a scooter and does not possess a driver’s license, can still apply by scanning another form of a photo i.d. that contains their date of birth, e.g. employment identification, college/university i.d., etc.

They’re a little more secure with bigger wheels and definitely an easier app situation. I found out that they offer a monthly membership for like $6.99. A ride to the beach and back from downtown to the beach is like 8 bucks, so you get a better deal.

Abby, Asbury Park

Scooter rentals cost $1 to unlock and $0.39 per minute. VeoRide also provides discounted rates for riders enrolled in local, state, or federal assistance programs. To use the VeoRide app, users first locate a scooter, unlock it by scanning the QR code, complete the mandatory rider education steps, kickstart the scooter, and use the throttle to accelerate. Once they reach their destination, they park the scooter responsibly in a designated area and use the app to end the ride.

Riders must park scooters in designated areas, shown in the app, to avoid blocking pedestrian pathways or creating hazards. Improperly parked scooters will be removed to ensure safety and accessibility for all.

Asbury Park Veo Scooter Parking Locations Credit: City of Asbury Park

VeoRide offers special rates for income-eligible riders. For more details and to apply, visit the VeoRide website. This ensures that everyone in the community can benefit from the scooter share program.

To maintain safety, scooters are prohibited on sidewalks and the Boardwalk. Riders must follow traffic laws, use bike lanes or multi-use paths, and give way to pedestrians. Helmets are highly recommended. The scooters have a speed limit of 12 mph, reduced in high pedestrian zones, and are available only to those 18 and older.

The scooters are operational from 5am to 10pm daily, meeting the needs of early commuters and evening travelers while supporting the city’s transportation objectives.

For further details, FAQs, or support, visit Asbury Park’s official scooter share program page or contact VeoRide’s 24/7 customer service at 888-836-2256. Both the city and VeoRide are committed to providing a seamless and safe experience for all users.

BiBiSaran Bennett, a dedicated educator, advocate, skilled photographer and writer, joins the Asbury Park Reporter as a columnist and photographer. With a background in psychology, special education, media design, and event production, she brings creativity, compassion, and a keen eye for storytelling to her reporting. As the owner of BSB Fotography, founder of ZADF and a committed community leader, she embodies a passion for uplifting her hometown of Asbury Park and illuminating the stories that matter most.

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