In San Francisco on Wednesday, a start-up called Scoot that is being dubbed the “Zipcar for scooters” launched.
Like car2go and Zipcar, Scoot, with its 50 scooters around the city, provides Vespa-like modes of transportation that city dwellers can rent for up to an hour for $5 for round-trip or one-way transportation. The whole operation is very 2012: a mobile app helps users find available scooters, the user’s iPhone is not only used to start the scooter (no keys) but also for navigation purposes, and the scooters are all powered by electricity. Riders are covered by Scoot’s insurance and helmets are provided with each scooter.
While the scooters don’t go above 25 mph and are restricted from the leaving the confines of the city, it could be popular places like San Francisco or DC, where parking even for Smart cars can be a challenge and scooters are becoming a more popular form of transportation. However, whether or not DC will get this service is unclear.
“We definitely plan to roll out in other cities,” Scoot’s Matt Ewing told UrbanTurf. “But our list of next cities is still a work in progress.”
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/could_the_zipcar_for_scooters_work_in_dc/6080
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