Low-income residents may qualify for discounted prices when riding e-scooters in Fayetteville.
Both of the e-scooter vendors operating in town — Spin and Veo — are now offering lower rates to certain riders to make micro-mobility a more affordable transportation option for those who might otherwise have to walk or rely on public transportation to get to work or school.
Regular pricing for each company is $1 to unlock a scooter and $.25 per minute, which equals $3.50 for a 10-minute ride.
Veo is waiving the unlock fee, and still charging $.25 per minute for low-income residents. Spin has lowered the unlock fee to 50 cents and lowered the per-minute fee to 7 cents for qualifying riders. In addition to reduced prices, Spin also offers options for riders who do not own a smartphone or credit card.
The lower-price programs are available to individuals who have already qualified for local, state or federal benefits programs. Applicants will need to provide proof of their enrollment in one of these programs in order to qualify. This could include a signed letter from a local assistance organization, discounted utility bill or a card or other document showing enrollment in a state or federal program such as Medicaid, Snap or EBT. Information about specific qualifying documents is available at VeoRide.com/veo-access/ and at Spin.app/spin-access-us.
“This is an exciting offer for low-income Fayetteville residents,” said Dane Eifling, the city’s mobility coordinator. “E-Scooters provide quick, flexible transportation without the problems associated with parking, maintenance or licensing. For low-income residents who don’t drive, these special prices can make getting to work or school much faster and easier.”
For more information about the city’s e-scooter program, visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov/scooters.