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RideKC offers free bike, scooter rides during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted: 7:51 AM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 08:51:57-04
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — RideKC is offering people and businesses free bike and scooter rides during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the nonprofit, riders can use bikes and scooters free for 20 minutes with each ride.

"We really want to make sure that people know that we're here all the time for them, no matter what's going on in the community, what time of year it is. We're out, we're a reliable service that they can use," explained Eric Vaughan with RideKC.

The nonprofit said they're also helping small businesses during the health crisis with free unlimited use.

"We know that businesses are really struggling right now and any businesses that need our services to do deliveries with our other operations, we're offering special free access for them. We'll actually deliver the electric bikes or scooters directly to their business and let them use them as much as they can," Vaughan said.

A stay at home order was issued for many communities in the metro. Under the order, the only people who can be out are those working in essential jobs or people getting groceries, medicine, taking care of a loved one or doing activities related to a healthy lifestyle with proper social distancing.

RideKC said the free rides are a way to give back to the community while allowing people to take care of needed responsibilities.

Vaughan wants to reassure the public the bikes and scooter are clean to use.

"We are sanitizing all devices on a daily basis. We have crews out seven days a week sanitizing all the bikes and scooters," he said.

Users need a smart phone and have to download the "Drop Mobility" app to their phone to get started. After 20 minutes, normal usage rates will kick in.