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Scoot Adds “Beginner Mode” to Increase Safety for New Riders

May 25th, 2021

Beginner Mode is a gentle acceleration option that lets riders gradually work their way up to full speed on Scoots.

Remember the first time you rode a bike? We do, too. Getting comfortable on two wheels takes time.

We’re excited to launch Beginner Mode, a new safety feature built for the Bird Two alongside autonomous emergency braking, skid detection, and the industry’s only IP68-rated waterproof battery.

Beginner Mode is a gentle acceleration option that lets new riders gradually work their way up to full speed. It’s perfect for riders who may not have much experience riding shared scooters, as well as for those who simply prefer a softer acceleration out of the gate.

In a test ride and survey conducted with new first-time Scoot riders aged between 20 and 35, all participants indicated that they felt safer having access to a softer acceleration option:

“That’s the ideal for me, that gradual increase,” said 20-year-old test rider Rebecca, noting that Beginner Mode still allowed her to reach full speed on the vehicle. “Now I don’t even want to drive anywhere, I actually want to just take this instead.”

To activate Beginner Mode, simply tap a clearly marked button in the app or visit Settings > Ride Mode to enable the feature.

“By improving the safety of our vehicles through features such as Beginner Mode, we’re working towards our goal of improving the health and safety of entire communities,” said Bob Walsh, Government Partnerships at Scoot. “We know that reducing unnecessary car trips in cities helps keep our streets safer and our air cleaner. When riders feel secure on Scoots, they’re more likely to rely on them regularly for essential short-distance urban trips. That’s what we’re striving to accomplish every day.”