5 Steps to Becoming a Confident Rider
January 19th, 2017
Learning to scoot is like learning to ski: You’ve gotta learn how to pizza before you start hitting black diamonds. If you’re feeling a bit nervous on your rides, take a step back and start from the beginning. Take some time to practice all of the necessary skills at every step and you’ll be ready to shred the slopes of San Francisco in no time.
1: Get oriented: We offer in-person classes at least once a week, weather permitting. The classes cover all that is scooting: From turning the scoot on and making proper turns, to parking and putting the scooter on the center stand. If you don’t have time for an in-person class, you can also take a class online and learn via our videos. Once you are oriented, you’re ready to reserve a scoot and practice the skills on your own.
2: Parking Lot Practice: What do riding, braking, and turning have in common? They are all things you have to be comfortable doing if you want to be a confident rider. Spend some time in a parking lot practicing these skills. Don’t forget to practice parking and putting your scoot on the center stand.
3: An Easy Ride: Choose a beginner ride and practice your newfound scoot skills while running an errand or doing something fun. These rides are designed to avoid major traffic areas and make your ride easy, pleasant, and fun. Afterward, try commuting to work or taking a trip around the city to explore new garages.
4: Fast Roads and Hills: Once you are comfortable on slower roads, you can move on to faster, wider, roads like Golden Gate, Gough, Oak, and Fell. It might be a little intimidating to ride on these roads but your scoot is fast enough to keep up with traffic. Simply own your lane, be confident, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
5. Traffic: By now, you should feel one with your scoot. That means you’re ready to drive in heavy traffic areas like SOMA and the Financial District. Remember to drive cautiously and follow these guidelines if you are inclined to split lanes.
If you’re riding comfortably in all situations you are now a scoot expert! You know what that means? It’s time to get your special someone and invite them on a date ride. Don’t forget to share your signup code for some free rides.
Looking for some more safety tips? Read our comprehensive safety guide.