Carl Stream is the operations manager for VeoRide, a new dockless bike-sharing company that is officially launching Friday in Jacksonville.
The company operates more than 20 share programs across the United States.
The company will initially have 180 bikes available for short-term rental in Anniston, Oxford and Jacksonville.
In Anniston, the bikes will be concentrated in downtown; in Oxford, at Choccolocco Park; and in Jacksonville at the Ladiga Trail and Jacksonville State University.
To rent a bike, users must first download the free VeoRide app, which allows riders to locate a bike and unlock it with their phone. When riders are done, they simply leave the bike in a safe area. The bikes are self-locking and don’t have to be returned to a designated docking site.
Bike rental rates start at 50 cents for 15 minutes. Day passes are $6.99. Monthly and yearly packages are also available, with special rates for students and faculty.
What is your professional background?
I went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying math and sociology. I’ve worked at a dog and cat boarding facility, been a janitor, worked retail, and recently started working at different start-ups. The last major role I had before VeoRide was as a customer support manager with Postmates, a food delivery company.
How did you become involved with VeoRide?
I was working for a company in a role that I did not enjoy when the head of people at VeoRide reached out to me to see if I was interested in working in operations here. We talked and figured out that we were a good match.
Is this the sort of job you planned to have?
I don’t think I’ve ever known what kind of job I wanted to do, and even at my last position, everything just sort of happened based on the experience I built within the company. I think math and sociology relate to a lot of different professions, dealing with both quantitative and qualitative data and results.
At Postmates, I learned that I really enjoyed the operational side of a fast moving company, but also had my first experience managing a large team, which was challenging and fascinating.
I think it took me trying new work experiences to learn that I want to follow a career that has me making decisions, working in operations and managing other people.
What is a normal workday like for you?
My specific role with VeoRide right now is to launch markets and work on alignment across the different markets that already exist. I’ve been on the road pretty consistently for the last two months, spending time in Arkansas, Alabama, Texas and Kentucky. I spend a lot of time communicating with others and balancing short- and long-term tasks.
What is the value of something like VeoRide to this community
VeoRide helps communities encourage healthy living by providing a more pedestrian-friendly locality, reducing traffic congestion and sharing the simple joy of a ride outside. Everybody that chooses to ride a bike in their community stays more active and decreases our reliance on automobiles for short trips.
What are you passionate about?
Personally, I’m passionate about my friends, my family and the people I interact with on a day-to-day basis. I love talking to people and learning about them, and that requires a lot of my attention. I love to read, listen to music and make lists.
Professionally, I care a lot about advocating for the people I work with while focusing on organization, process and procedure. This might not sound very exhilarating. but it’s what I love to do with my work time.
Faith Dorn is a freelance writer in Anniston. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.