E-bikes, e-scooters, fat bikes to be available for rent in downtown

A bike-share program is slated to launch May 13 in Cedar Rapids with a fleet of 150 electric-assist bikes, 30 e-scooters and 90 docking stations in downtown Cedar Rapids.

This summer, 20 fat tire bikes will be added to the fleet and stationed near Mount Trashmore, which added biking and hiking trails last year. Local officials are working on education and rules to ensure safety for users as well as pedestrians in advance of the launch.

“Our goal is to prevent bike and scooter conflicts with pedestrians, especially in busy areas,” said Bill Micheel, the city’s assistant community development director.

The Cedar Rapids launch coincides with the start of Bike to Work Week, a national movement that promotes cycling to work.

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