Getting around San Francisco just got easier, at least if you don’t mind a little bit of wind in your face. The Scoot Network and its fleet of electric-powered scooters just announced that it was expanding, adding five new locations for riders around the city for a grand total of 17 Scoot hubs.
What is Scoot, exactly? Think a CitiBike or ZipCar membership but for green-friendly, Vespa-like mopeds. Since launching 16 months ago, Scoot claims its members have treaded over 50,000 miles, and have kept 62,000 pounds of CO2 out of the environment.
I like the idea of creating more transit options. You have car shares, bike shares, public transit from busses, metros, or trains, and now an in-between with scooters. This would make a lot of sense in my city, Austin. With car sharing already firmly established in the college community, and biking and light rail being heavily promoted, a scooter system would embrace the flexibility and freedom of bikes with the speed of cars.