Scoot Networks, provider of short-term electric scooter rental in San Francisco, announced today that they now support one-way trips. Initially, one-way trips will only be allowed between two scoot locations: 21st & Valencia and Caltrain (4th & Townsend). They intend to work the kinks out of one-way trips before adding the ability across all of their locations.
There are no additional fees for one-way trips: Scoots still cost only $5/hour or $10 for 8AM – 6PM Weekdays or Overnight.
If you are not familiar with scoot, it operates similar to a carsharing company like Zipcar except they provide electric scooters instead of cars. Pricing ends up being a lot less than car rental. No special driver’s license is needed.
I’m a member of a scoot and excited to give one-way trips a try. One-way trips open up a lot of trip types that were not possible before (assuming you live near a one-way scoot pod):
- Scoot to a store, buy something bulky and take a cab home
- Scoot to meet someone and take transit from there
- Scoot somewhere to drink, and take transit home
- Scoot to Caltrain, go to the southbay and get a ride home with someone
It will be interesting to see how scoot handles one-way demand across the day: will they need to constantly reposition scoots to meet demand going to caltrain in the morning and coming back in the evening?