RULES OF THE ROAD
Veemo velomobiles are legally classified as motor-assisted cycles, which means that riders are required to follow all the rules of the road that bicycles are required to follow.
Here are some tips on how to best share the road with others:
- Obey all traffic signs, including stop signs, traffic lights, pedestrian walkways, speed limits, road marking, and one way signs. (more info at ICBC Road Signs and Markings)
- Make sure you always yield for pedestrians.
- Make sure you are always in the rightmost part of the right lane (or a bike lane) unless passing or making a left turn.
- Do not ride on sidewalks.
- Always use your turn signals when making lane changes or turns.
- Green means go, red means stop, and yellow means stop unless it’s unsafe to do so.
Parking at the end of a trip can only be done in a designated Veemo parking spot, which is marked with a Veemo sign, but if you’re making stopovers, you are allowed to park in any legal parking spot.
- Metered parking (make sure you pay the meter for the time you are parked)
- Quadrangle street parking (no need to pay for these)
- Legal parking (make sure you look at time restrictions)
Some places you cannot park:
- Off-road / on grass
- Permit Parking spots
- Within 5 meters of a fire hydrant
- No parking zones
Make sure you give enough space for someone else to park next to you. A single parking spot can fit 2 Veemo velomobiles.
Before moving the vehicle, ensure that you’ve adjusted the Veemo velomobile to your personalized settings by following the Getting Comfortable guide.
To start moving forwards, release the brakes and start pedalling in a forwards direction. As you push on the pedals, sensors in the vehicle will detect how hard you are pedalling and act as a throttle control that tells the motor how much electric-assist to provide. If either of the brake levers and depressed at all, the motors will shut off and the vehicle will start to slow down. If you’re trying to pedal but the vehicle isn’t accelerating, make sure you have fully let go of the brakes.
Because the assistance level is dependent on how hard you are pedalling, it’s important to have the pedals positioned so that you can press hard on the pedals when starting from a full stop. To do this, rotate the pedals backwards until one of the pedals is pointed directly upwards while you are stopped.
Pedalling backwards without the brake levers held will also apply regenerative braking, which slows the vehicle and charges the battery at the same time.
Veemo velomobiles are capable of climbing grades of more than 20% in the forwards direction.
To move the Veemo velomobile in reverse, start pedalling backwards from a full stop with the brakes held. While pedalling backwards, release the brakes and keep pedalling. The vehicle will slowly accelerate based on how fast you’re pedalling, to a maximum of 3 km/h.
Stopping the vehicle while in reverse should be done using the brake levers. Trying to stop the momentum of the vehicle by just using your feet can be surprisingly difficult, and should be avoided.
Veemo velomobiles are capable of climbing grades of no more than 5% in the reverse direction, so caution should be taken to not place the vehicle in situations where reversing uphill is the only exit point.
Care should be taken when going around sharp corners, as Veemo velomobiles are three-wheeled vehicles which are inherently less stable than cars. As well, the handlebars on Veemo velomobiles are very sensitive - small motions of the handlebars can change the direction of the vehicle significantly.
The following recommendations are suggested:
- Take sharp corners (at intersections, driveways) at no more than 10 km/h.
- Lean into turns.
- Always make small movements with the handlebar when moving faster than 5 km/h.
- Go even slower than the recommendations when on bumpy ground or when going up a hill or curb.
- Always take inclines head on.
ENDING YOUR TRIP
Once you’re at your destination and have parked, you can choose to either initiate a stopover or end your trip.
Stopovers can be started anywhere inside the home zone and are intended to be used when you plan on continuing your trip in the near future. While on a stopover, billing continues at your normal riding rate until you’ve ended your trip.
Ending the trip must take place at a designated Veemo parking spot, indicated in the navigation system. After ending the trip and securing the vehicle, your session will be ended and you won’t be billed for any further usage time.
Always make sure you’ve initiated a stopover or completely ended your trip before leaving the vehicle unattended. This will lock the doors and activate the security system on the vehicle. To ensure the vehicle is secured, you first press either the Stopover or End Trip button. You’ll get instructions on the Navigation Screen if you need to do anything with the vehicle before getting out.
Once you’re out, just close the door and make sure the countdown timer on the User Information panel has lit up. The countdown will start, and once all the lights are red, the vehicle will be secured. During this countdown period, you can open the door to get back in the vehicle, which will reset the countdown timer.
Don’t leave the vehicle until you’ve seen all the lights go red and the vehicle has locked.