A New Way to Travel in Downtown Alpena!

Olivia Goodrich

During the summer, many people noticed electric scooters sitting in random places in downtown Alpena. It turned out that a company brought rentable scooters to Alpena! At first, it was not clear who brought these scooters or why they were here, but later, people figured out that you could rent them by simply downloading an app. The segways have two wheels and are electric. They can reach up to 23 mph.

All you have to do to be able to rent these scooters is download the app “Segway Pass” and type in some information. In order to rent the scooters, you must scan them using the app. It will automatically start charging you money, so you only have to pay for exactly how long you have been riding the scooter. It costs $1 to unlock the scooter and start riding it. Then, it starts charging you 20 cents per minute. It will charge you a $10 surcharge if you take the scooters out of the GPS-defined zone. 

The scooters are only available in the summer. It is a quick and easy way for people to have fun downtown. There were a lot of scooters in the downtown area in the summer. The scooters are equipped with hand sanitizer and riding instructions. I think bringing these scooters to downtown Alpena was a great idea to help provide a fun summer to people.