Uber? Check. Taxify? Check. Lime? Err… Bird? Eish! Chances are that you’ve heard of an abundance of models where you can download an app and organise cost-effective transportation to your destination. Many opt for these type of models because they are hassle-free and user-friendly. You simply tap here and there, and then your ride and driver is with you at a click of a button.
Scooter sharing is similar to these models, but has taken it up a notch. It challenges conventional transportation. As the world attempts to consider the environment and adapt to electric cars and/or greener transportation; there is a slightly unheard of concept of scooter sharing that is booming in Silicon Valley and spreading to the rest of the world.
What is scooter sharing?
Similar to Uber and Taxify, there are companies that have entered the travel industry and are calling for a turnaround. Lime and Bird are amongst those that are bringing scooter sharing to the masses. With scooter sharing, you can download an app to hire electronic scooters for short periods of time and some companies even offer the hiring of traditional bicycles.
There are rules that go with it. Some companies require helmets, that you should be a certain age and/or have a license. Companies can also offer helmet rentals and/or sales for users who don’t have these. Due to this market still being fairly unexplored, different rules and legislature may apply to different companies operating in various areas and even countries.
Seriously, what’s the big deal?
The big deal is that you can save your heels with this alternative method of transportation. Rather than walking or sticking around in peak-hour traffic, scooter sharing can be so much more cost effective than hiring a car or conventional transportation methods. It also contributes to a greener environment.
The who’s who in trendy, cash stricken Silicon Valley are already running with this concept and investing in electric scooters and scooter sharing companies the world over. Some entrepreneurs offer scooter drivers with an opportunity to register on apps and work in their spare time making money. It can be a way to help finance your petrol and get some dough for your two wheels.
Again we reiterate that it is imperative to make sure that you have read and comply with the fine prints. At the end of the day, if you use innovation and apply your mind, it is possible to get maximum outputs from even minimalistic budgets.
Consider this – you already have the scooter and the licence. What’s to stop you from getting a second helmet and offering to “scooter share” with others in your Student Digz, for a fee of course!
The power to adapt and make things better is in your hands. Here is a potentially booming lucrative trend that has yet to take South African by storm. What are you going to do with it?