The economics of scooter rentals.

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Re: The economics of scooter rentals.

Post by markz » Apr 10 2019 5:58pm

$1 to unlock it then $0.15/min and in some cities its double that :shock:
Car2Go is like $0.30 or $0.40/minutes, the cars they use are $25k+ while the scooters are like $1k

I have eyeballed the Lime e-bicycles twice now, I am still surprised their not thrown into dumpsters, or maybe they are I do not know. The one I eyeballed today, had a broken spoke, and the U-lock goes through the wheel, I even tried to move it a bit to break another spoke :oops: then tried to figure out how the motor and battery were fastened :wink: if you know what I mean :wink: The motor had Bafang on it, no wattage markings but I am sure its a useless 250W model.

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Re: The economics of scooter rentals.

Post by 1JohnFoster » Apr 17 2019 12:10pm

Looks like they may be coming to Vancouver;
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/60224654563?aff=efbneb


Does anyone know any decent data out there on accidents, legal costs etc over a reasonable timespan in a city?
A comparison with shared bikes vs shared electric kick scooters would be interesting. I love riding all kinds of micro electric & human powered vehicles, but I share Chalo's concerns with safety. Even on manual kick scooters most people I know who tried eventually gave up after a bad tumble. They take a lot more skill to ride than a bike, which takes a lot more skill to ride than a car. Most people never think about this, only us enthusiasts who are maybe 5% of society?

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Re: The economics of scooter rentals.

Post by Chalo » May 10 2019 2:27pm

https://wtop.com/business-finance/2019/ ... -long/amp/
E-scooter company Bird, one of several companies with fleets of scooters deployed around the Washington, D.C. region, said when it first hit the streets two years ago, the consumer-grade scooters it was using lasted three months, at best, because of the abuse and constant use the e-scooters were getting.
[Bird] has now moved into the business of selling its scooters. They sell for about $1,300
Good luck with that. You'll need it.
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Post by wturber » May 10 2019 4:11pm

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Re: The economics of scooter rentals.

Post by Chalo » May 11 2019 2:26am

I want in on the stream of batteries salvaged from dead Birds and squashed Limes. There must be thousands of the things getting cast off all the time.
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Re: The economics of scooter rentals.

Post by e-beach » May 16 2019 10:56am

Man beats women to death with a Bird Scooter:

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la- ... story.html

A man accused of beating a woman to death with an electric scooter in broad daylight in Long Beach has been charged with murder, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Wednesday.

Amad Rashad Redding, 27, faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted. His arraignment is scheduled for May 29.

Redding was arrested Monday, hours after he allegedly attacked 63-year-old Rosa Hernandez on the sidewalk in the 3100 block of East 64th Street. Authorities say Redding attacked Hernandez and knocked her to the ground, where he kicked and stomped on her, then used a Bird scooter to bludgeon her. She died at the scene.

Authorities have not determined a motive. It did not appear the two knew each other. Redding is described by police as a transient. Hernandez’s neighbors described her to ABC-TV Channel 7 as a babysitter who was dropping off a gift to a relative’s home when she was killed.

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Re: The economics of scooter rentals.

Post by markz » May 19 2019 3:21am

The murder weapon being the scooter is now bagged and tagged for 4 years until the trial is over.

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