The Ultimate Guide to Skip Scooters
The dockless electric scooter trend is wheeling its way into cities everywhere. You’ve probably heard of a few of these companies like Bird or Lime, but a new contender, Skip, has emerged with a deck stacked to win.
Even popular ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft are jumping on the e-scooter phenomenon.
Uber acquired JUMP in early 2018, and Lyft recently launched its own e-scooter pilot program.
While some see scooters as a blessing for eco-conscious commuters, others see it as an onslaught of amateur riders terrorizing pedestrians.
In some cities, both are true, and in those cities, scooter companies without operating permits have been banned.
Boosted Boards, an electric skateboard company, saw all the hiccups that were disrupting the introduction of scooters in major cities.
Pedestrians, businesses, and city leaders were making noise about the nuisance of scooters.
Riders were unimpressed with the lack of durability plaguing the scooters themselves.
People were also self-conscious about using what seemed to be a tech-bro gadget.
Boosted Boards saw what needed to be changed and moved into the market by launching Skip.
In this guide, we’ll tell you all about Skip’s objectives, what they’re contributing to the market, how to ride, and how you can be a part of making scooters a permanent transportation option.
Skip is a scooter rental company similar to Bird or Lime. They are a promising alternative to traditional transportation.
Skip scooters are designed to make riders feel safe and comfortable using an electric scooter. In an interview with Willamette Week, founder Sanjay Dastoor said that Skip scooters were “designed for everyone.”
Whether you’re using a Skip scooter to ride to the grocery store or as a last mile-transportation method, Skip prides itself on doing things by the book.
Skip is currently available in the following United States cities:
If you noticed that they aren’t nearly as available as competitor brands, know that there is an excellent reason for that.
Skip is most interested in making scooter rentals a permanent thing. To that end, they are avoiding the mistakes made by Bird and Lime.
A big mistake was made when those companies launched without warning, and the resulting swarm of scooters annoyed non-riders. The storm of complaints led to scooters being banned in major cities.
Skip wants to launch mindfully. They work with city leaders on planning how scooters will be used in their cities, what the rules will be, and how the scooters can be a beneficial traffic solution.
Look for Skip soon in more cities. There are currently plans to expand into Oakland and San Jose, California.
It all works through the Skip Scooter app, which is available in the App Store or on Google Play. The interface is simple and easy to use. The signup process is intuitive and straightforward.
To sign up:
Once you’ve created your account, you can use the map in the app to find a scooter near you.
To ride a Skip Scooter:
If you need a helmet, glance around the immediate area to see if you can spot a Skip Scout helper. They might have a helmet available for you. It’s better to be prepared, so either buy a helmet or get one for free from Skip in advance of your first ride.
When you’re ready to end your ride, park the scooter away from fire hydrants, high traffic pedestrian areas, and out of the roadway.
Be sure to end your ride in the app so that you don’t pay for more minutes than you used.
Skip has a helpful video that will show you more about how to use the app and how to ride safely and responsibly.
Scooters are an exceptionally cheap way to get around. Skip’s baseline rental fee is $1.00 and then charges you $0.15 a minute after that.
You pay through the app instantly with your stored credit card information. The app charges you when you end your ride.
Skip promo codes help you get discounts and even free rides, so pay attention to deals that Skip is running for chances to save. Watch for deals by following @SkipScooters on Twitter and in your email inbox.
Some promos coincide with socially conscious moments like a recent $5 credit if you tweeted your “I Voted” sticker.
Skip also offers a discounted Rider Accessibility Program for low-income riders. Riders receive a 50% discount if they are part of a public assistance program like SNAP or a state health plan.
See the Rider Accessibility page for more information on participation requirements or to apply for a discount.
To ensure that scooters are charged and available for riders, Skip hires designated people to charge the scooters overnight, known as Rangers.
This also gets the scooters off the street at night and ensures that they are parked in compliance with local rules the next morning.
Rangers are paid as independent workers that collect the scooters from around the city and bring them back to their homes to charge them before deploying them back on the street.
Skip provides power supplies that Rangers use to connect scooters to regular outlets in their homes.
The cost of electricity to power a scooter is just a few cents a night and will still leave you a huge profit per scooter.
Rangers get paid for every scooter they charge. The average payout per scooter is usually between $5.00 and $10.00 per scooter.
Hard-to-find scooters or those requiring maintenance can earn a Ranger up to $20.00.
Of course, the more scooters you can charge, the more you make. One genius Ranger was able to fit 18 scooters in the back of his Prius!
To learn more about being Ranger or to start the sign-up process, click Become a Ranger in the app or online.
Becoming a Ranger isn’t the only opportunity Skip offers for those that want to get on board. It’s a new company with plans to expand.
Right now, they’re looking for mechanics and scooter technicians. If you live in a Skip city, you can apply.
If you’re passionate about the impact electric scooters will have on changing transportation, you might want to consider working as a Skip Scout.
Scouts are a mix of brand ambassador and product demonstrator. Their primary purpose is to show potential riders how to ride responsibly.
The rules vary by city. The reason for that is because Skip’s plans for rolling out in each city adhere to the individual city’s rules and regulations.
They work with municipalities to ensure that good relationships between scooter riders and other commuters and pedestrians develop and help the city experience better traffic flow and less pollution.
Rules in Washington D.C. are still being deliberated, but the basic Skip rules still apply: be considerate, park responsibly, and wear a helmet.
Washington D.C. will probably also require scooter riders to use a locking mechanism. Skip is already ahead in that department with a retractable cable lock that tucks away while you’re riding.
One of the main benefits of choosing to ride a Skip scooter is that you’re supporting a brand that is approaching this new scooter transportation culture responsibly.
So what’s in it for you? For one, it’s a super cheap way to get around the city. With a top speed of 18 mph, you can get around quickly.
If you went a full two miles, and you rode in the bike lane at full speed, it would take you about seven minutes to get to your destination.
So, that’s $1.00 + $0.15 X 7 for a grand total of $2.05.
That’s $6 less than a typical cab ride, and it’s better for both you and your carbon footprint. And, you’re only paying for what you use.
On the one hand, with a Skip, you increase your daily exercise when compared to riding in a car or bus. On the other hand, it saves you trudging step by step on foot or pedaling a bike uphill.
Skips are also quicker than cars in some cities. You can skirt congested traffic, walk the scooter across crosswalks instead of waiting with cars at lights, and take roads you might avoid in a car.
Another benefit is that unlike the bus, monorail, or other public systems, you can take your Skip all the way to your destination.
The only thing you have to do is make sure that you park it out of the way of traffic and fire hydrants.
Skip is also a benefit to your wallet if you sign on for the Ranger or Scouts programs. Being a Ranger is a simple way to make some extra cash.
Skip has the best scooter in the business. Boosted Boards put a lot of thought into the design. It has headlights, tail lights, and brake lights for one.
Additionally, the handlebars are adjustable, which makes these scooters not only the safest but the most comfortable to ride.
Skips are also larger, sturdier, and feel safer to ride than the off-the-shelf personal home use scooters used by some competitors.
Skip wanted a scooter that was explicitly made for safe, comfortable riding by multiple users over a long period alongside traditional vehicular traffic.
They wanted riders to feel like Skip scooters were meant for the road, not the sidewalk.
The result is a scooter that features a broader floorboard for greater stability and a dual suspension system for a smoother ride. They are not a toy – they are a legit motorized vehicle.
Not only are Skips more rugged, but they also have a longer life. Skip uses a battery that has a 30-mile charge.
So, when you find a Skip that is ready to ride, it really will be available to ride. It will be in good condition and have a charge.
That’s another way that Skip has solved two significant challenges in the dockless scooter rental industry.
Skip might not be making as big of a splash in the scooter scene as its competitors, but it has the potential to be a more significant player in the long run.
It’s the only scooter in some cities like the San Francisco Bay Area, and that trend may continue as cities consider which scooter companies are most willing to work to alleviate public and official concerns.
The ride is sweeter, too. The company it was created by, Boosted Boards, gets a kick out of making the most fun to ride, durable, and efficient scooter.
Most rideshare scooters cost the same to ride, and all riders should follow the guidelines promoted by cities and scooter rental companies.
How you ride influences how scooter culture will grow and whether or not it will be a permanent solution.
Have you tried Skip? Leave us a comment about your experience or your thoughts on how scooter transportation can be improved.
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