People are becoming more and more curious about scooters, mopeds, and ebikes, that are now scattered across the urban landscape — ready to be accessed by smartphone and paid for the same way. It’s a growing alternative to other forms of bulkier and most costly public transportation. All such app-based wheels have been put in place, for the most part, in support of local residents for their day to day communtes. But the e-transit technology also exists for tourists as well. It can be both fun and inexpensive to tour the heart of a city on an ebike or scooter.
In fact green-conscious tourists have really taken to lightweight e-transport like mopeds, scooters, and ebikes because such vehicles are perceived to be ecologically friendly to the environment, leaving behind a smaller carbon footprint than a train or bus ride, or a rented car.
Finding light e-transport technology in any major city in the United States is now hassle-free, with several different apps available to allow travelers to locate, pay for, and ride away on a scooter or ebike in the blink of an eye. Most major metropolitan areas have insisted that companies that provide this kind of transportation also provide plenty of drop off points for the ebikes and such, so that they are not left scattered around the cityscape for pedestrians to trip over or left blocking roads and lanes.
Virtually all lightweight e-transport requires a helmet, so tourists will either have to bring one along with them or rent them. Each city has different rules and regulations for riding ebikes, and even something as simple as a Segway, and so tourists should play it smart by following the locals — ride where they ride, park where they park. Just like the old saying: When in Rome do as the Romans.
One final important tip: Don’t try out an ebike or scooter for the first time during rush hour. That’s just inviting trouble and frustration.