Places to Practice The Basics
Learning to ride a scoot is fun. But like any new skill, it takes practice to feel confident. Before you go on your first ride, there are a few basic skills to learn. In order to do this safely, you’ll need a quiet, flat area without a lot of traffic.
Pick a spot off this list, or find a similar space that’s close to you, reserve a nearby scoot and head on over.
A. Loyola Lot at USF »The Loyola Lot at USF is generally pretty empty and has beautiful views of the city. It’s a great place to practice wide turns and parking. You can pick up your scoot from either NOPA street parking or the garage at McAllister & Divisadero.
B. Flat cul-de-sacs off of Lake St »The flat cul-de-sacs off of Lake St in the Inner Richmond (16th Ave, 17th Ave & 18th Ave) have minimal traffic and are easy spots for getting your scoot on and off of its center stand on repeat until you’re a pro! You can pick up your scoot from Inner Richmond street parking or from the garage at 7th ave & California St.
C. Parking lot off of Old Mason St at Crissy Field » This parking lot is right on the water, which makes it a gorgeous place to practice your duck walk. You can also work on gaining speed with an easy ride along Old Mason St. Return your scoot to either Marina District street parking, or the Scott & Marina garage.
D. Maxwell Court in the Mission » This small court in between Guerrero and Valencia doesn’t see a lot of traffic and is pretty flat, which makes it a great place to practice parking and finding your balance on the scoot. You can pick up your scoot at the 14th & Guerrero garage.
E: Fort Mason Center Parking Lot » The parking lot at the Fort Mason Center gets pretty busy on the weekends, but has plenty of space during the week. Because it’s so spacious, it’s a great area to practice getting a little speed. Find your scoot in Marina street parking.
F. Kaplan Lane off 3rd St in SOMA » This is where we do our orientations on the weekend. If you can’t make it to one of our in-person orientations, or you are more of a solo-learner, you can still use the practice space throughout the week. It’s generally pretty empty and is right next to our garage at 3rd & Folsom.
P.S. Here are the Seven Scoot Skills to master at your favorite practice place!