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San Francisco, Day 5: Scoot! (15/01)

We'd been a little anxious about leaving the Harley overnight, but not only had it been neither ticketed or stolen, someone had parked a GoldWing pal next to it! Having returned it to EagleRider, we were a short walk from the headquarters of Scoot Networks.

I ran across Scoot when I was googling scooter hire in San Francisco, and dropped them a line in my capacity as freelance motorcycle journalist (which I totally am) to ask if I could pop round and do an interview.

The Scoot system, in which you sign up as a member then pay a small fee to borrow an electric scooter, do your journey, and drop it off at one of many approved locations, is positively utopian: run by smartphone and powered by goodwill. I was disappointed not to be offered a go on one, not least because it broke our streak of using a different mode of transport every day (so far: BART, Muni, cable car, tandem, Harley), but hopefully my eventual writeup will be of interest to someone.

We spent much of the rest of the day cruising around Haight Street, shopping or hanging out in the Magnolia Pub, where I had a pomegranate cider (or 'hard cider', as it is called over there). When it got dark we wandered back to the apartment, only for Howard to leave again on a beer run. This took him a surprisingly long time, and when he returned it turned out he had been deep in discussion with the shopkeeper about the best kind of jalapeño crisps to buy me.

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I guess bikes love company. :-)
Safety in numbers!
Nice. We have car sharing schemes here that operate like that, though I'm not sure how they rate on the utopianism scale.
My friends hired a Zipcar while we were staying. They do have names, I learned, which makes them seem friendlier.
Scoot does sound rather fun! I'd be interested to learn how well they cope with the City's hills. They're conventional internal combustion, ne, rather than electric? (BTW, did you get to try a Segway =:)

Yay Magnolia! It can, as you may've found, get rather loud, but it remains one of my old haunts nonetheless - good food, and always a really nice selection of house-brewed ales from the basement. (The cask conditioned Proving Ground Pale is easily my favorite)

I still chuckle a bit at that scene from MLP:FiM where all the locals are gathered around Sweet Apple Acres eagerly awaiting the new season's apple juice, chanting out "Cider! Cider! Cider!"
They are electric - but the mapping app (you use a smartphone as ignition, sat-nav and speedo) is set to avoid hills and busy roads.

I've not yet been on a Segway - I really must fix that!

I always think of my brony friends when the cider/hard cider question comes up!