More than one Traveler staffer has succumbed to the scooter craze in recent months (pictured, above). And the need to scoot is spreading. Seattlest reported last week that Scoot About, a scooter rental program based in South Lake Union, is testing a scooter rental program similar to that of ZipCars. The scooters are available to business people to run errands in and around the city. Rates start at $5 per half hour and include gas for the first ten miles.
If you're just in town for the weekend, no need to worry. People not enrolled in the program can rent scooters by the hour (starting at $30 for the first hour) or the day ($75). Everyone is required to take a scooter safety course before renting but only need a regular drivers license (here in DC, scooterists must get a special license to legally scoot around the city). Scoot About owner Susan Richardson just added an all-electric scooter—which means zero emissions for up to 25 miles—to the fleet.
Photo: Noah Wiese