Scooters in Miami: They’re a Keeper

Scooters in Miami: They’re a Keeper

Sep 05, 2019 September 05, 2019

In April, the City of Miami launched an electric scooter program that allows folks like me and you to grab any rental scooter they see on the road, unlock it with their app, and for about half the cost of an Uber or Lyft, scoot around town. 

In my ripe old age of 42, I like to use things only if I truly find them useful, as opposed to doing it just to do it. But, these scooters really are practical and useful, especially for around-the-neighborhood tasks (like showing properties! :)). 

While I was riding, I had so many thoughts about the pros and cons of using a scooter to get around town. I hope you find them useful too!

Bird Scooters

Cover photo courtesy of Bird

Scooters are a Faster Way to Feel Connected to the City

I am always in my car and tend to have my “blinders” on. Cars are just not a great way to connect to the city in a positive way. Walking or riding past people is when you can get a real sense of who your neighbors and city visitors are, you can envision how the newest construction projects might change the neighborhood, and get a feel of how well the city is maintaining the sidewalks for pedestrians and scooter-folk.

Scooters are Great for the Environment, Great for Traffic

These are the plug-in electric scooters, so there are no fumes for minimal impact on the environment. Also, every scooter that is on the road is likely helping have less cars, so they aid in the reduction of traffic. I have showings sometimes 10-12 blocks away. And, I would dare not walk that far in the middle of a hot Miami summer, but I would either grab an Uber or drive myself. Now, with scooters as an option, I am happy to hop on and ride.

Jump by Uber

Photo courtesy of Jump by Uber

Scooters Awaken Your Curiosity and Help You Explore The City

Scooting around town, as opposed to driving, also awakens your curiosity because it’s pretty easy to just stop by a new store, drop in, and then hop back on and keep riding. When you zoom past the same store in a car, you might not even notice it, and if you do so, it’s rarely worth the chore of turning around, finding a parking space, etc. Also, how many times have you driven by an event, wondering what it was all about? With a scooter, you don’t have to wonder anymore... because it’s that easy to explore!

Scooters are Conveniently Everywhere

Scooter Map - Electric Scooters

If you are in any of the central neighborhoods of Miami, you can find a scooter usually within a block or two of wherever you are. The biggest challenge is that each scooter company (Bolt, Lyft, Jump (by Uber), Bird, Lime and Spin) has its own app. So, if you want to track down a scooter that is not within sight, it becomes kind of burdensome. I recently found an app (haven’t used it yet) called Scooter Map that can give you the location of a few scooter brands all at the same time, which can be highly convenient. Within each brand’s scooter app, you can also reserve a scooter, so you know that when you finally get to it, it’s not already taken.

It Can Get Hot on a Scooter, But Not as Hot as Walking!

I started using scooters often, right as the hottest part of the summer rolled around. And, though it can get pretty hot riding 10-15 blocks on a scooter, it is even more hot walking! So, scooters are a big bonus if you don’t have a car, or are in exploration mode.

Lots More Scooter Accidents, Of Course

I read an article the other day that said that scooter accidents were rapidly on the rise. Duh! Scooters have become a big thing around many major cities, so it just makes sense if there are more scooters and more people riding them that there will be more scooter accidents. That said, I ride very carefully, am very cautious of sidewalks, pedestrians and cars, and I don’t usually push maximum speed.

Spin Scooters - Safety First!

Remember to be safe and to respect the surrounding community. Photo courtesy of Spin


Scooters Give You Freedom in More Ways Than One

The beauty about these Miami area scooter rentals is that you don’t own them, and you are minimally responsible for them. So, you can hope off and wipe your hands clean of them without worrying if someone is going to steal them. You don’t have such a privilege with a bike. Technically, you could buy your own electric scooter for between $200 and $1000, but then you would have to worry . . . and also remember to plug in to recharge the battery . . . and maintain it . . . and . . . and . . . and… 

Alternatives for City-Friendly, Non-Car Options to Scooters If It’s Not Your Gig

If you don’t like scooters, you have alternative forms of convenient transportation to get around too:

  1. Trolley. The City of Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove, all have a free trolley system. Here is a link to the City of Miami’s Trolly Tracker.
  2. CitiBike. There are also plenty of bike stations all over the City of Miami. Here is a station map

CitiBike

Conclusion: Scooters Are a Net Positive for Cities in General (including Miami) in So Many Ways

Environmentally friendly, traffic-busting, and faster-than-walking, electric scooters are a big win for Miami residents and tourists. As a real estate broker, I am a big fan, and expect to pass by my colleagues on the way to showings on the regular. Give me a shout-out in the comments below, if you agree!



Cover photo courtesy of Bird
Contact Sep Niakan
Founder, Condoblackbook.com & Owner/Broker, HB Roswell Realty
(305) 697-7667
contact@condoblackbook.com
Request Info
By sending you agree to CondoBlackBook's Terms of Use

Your Miami Condo Awaits

Recent Posts

Miami’s New and Pre-Construction Condo Update: July 2020
Real Estate News Miami’s New and Pre-Construction Condo Update: July 2020
Last month in July, Miami’s construction landscape was busy. The long-anticipated Mr. C Residences in Coconut Grove and Smart Brickell’s second tower both broke ground, David Martin’s South Beach Marina Park is set for round two of approvals, Fisher Island’s Palazzo Del Sol developers announced a brand-new condo project, and much more. Read on for details on these and more preconstruction condo updates in our monthly roundup: Broke Ground Smart Brickell Tower II - Brickell With its ground breaking streamed live on Instagram, Smart Brickell’s second tower started construction last month in July. The LEED-certified towers come designed by Gensler, Miami’s-own HAC Architects and Urbanists, plus Arquitectonica Interiors incorporating a unique, “Smart” philosophy from lobby to rooftop. Each fully-finished and furnished residence will come equipped with smart, Wi-Fi enabled tech such as smart fixtures, Amazon’s Alexa, and a SmartCondo concierge app. The entire complex, with its two...
Miami Beach Luxury Condo Market Report Q2 2020
Real Estate News Miami Beach Luxury Condo Market Report Q2 2020
CondoBlackBook.com's overall Miami luxury condo market report for Q2 2020 unveiled the full impact the global health crisis had on sales, prices and other metrics as part of our quarterly analysis. As expected, sales slowed down and, as a result, inventory levels went up. The days condos spent on the market declined, however, that was more so due to sellers temporarily taking properties off the market and in part due to improved buyer-seller dialogue. Good news came in the form of sales prices holding their own – even posting gains - showing that sellers still got good value for their luxury condos, irrespective of a global slowdown. Miami Beach was the only grouping in our first quarter study to report a (18.3%) drop in year-over-year sales. So, as the global health crisis unfolded during the second quarter, it was unclear how one of the most popular cities in the world would fare, however it seems that the beaches managed to hold their own. South Beach went from being the worst...
Greater Downtown Miami Luxury Condo Market Report Q2 2020
Brickell Greater Downtown Miami Luxury Condo Market Report Q2 2020
CondoBlackBook.com's overall Miami luxury condo market report for Q2 2020 revealed the full impact of the pandemic with an inevitable slowdown in sales and increase in inventory for all of Miami's luxury condos. This has naturally extended the life cycle of the ongoing buyer's market trend for luxury condos. Days spent on the market dropped, partly due to sellers taking properties off the market and partly due to an improved buyer-seller dialogue. Prices, however, posted an increase, showing that sellers still got fair value for their luxury condos. Analysis of the Greater Downtown Miami (GDM) neighborhood (inclusive of Edgewater and Brickell), continues the overall Miami trends -- sales dropped and inventory increased slightly. However, Edgewater turns out to be the least affected neighborhood in all of Miami, in terms of a sales slowdown due to the pandemic. On the other hand, Brickell bears the full brunt of the slowdown, reporting the biggest drop in sales of all Miami...
Coral Gables and Coconut Grove Luxury Condo Market Report Q2 2020
Real Estate News Coral Gables and Coconut Grove Luxury Condo Market Report Q2 2020
As our CondoBlackBook.com 2Q20 report for this combined neighborhood showed exceptional sales growth, the outlook for 2Q20 was more than positive. However, with the COVID-19 situation unfolding globally, the full impact on numbers can be seen this quarter. Much like the overall Miami luxury condo market for 2Q20, sales are naturally down year-over-year. Still, the tail-end of the quarter has revealed signs of a recovery, which is likely to continue into the third quarter, at least. Median Sales Prices also show an upward trend, in sync with the overall market trend in Miami, showing that sellers received good value for their properties even as the pandemic weighed down on sales. Read on below for a more detailed analysis of the impact on monthly sales, the Price per Sq. Ft., Days on Market and Months of Inventory in this second-quarter plus how trends correlate to the overall luxury condo market in Miami. For the purpose of this Miami submarket luxury condo report, we've only...
Spice to Swim Week – Your August list of things to do in Miami!
Lifestyle Spice to Swim Week – Your August list of things to do in Miami!
Miami’s August lineup of events is for everyone – whether you wish to stay in, venture out, or are undecided. With a good mix of in-person and online events, foodies to ballet enthusiasts have something to look forward to this month. We have the Miami Spice Month going into its third month for foodies, a powerful meditation event and two full moon yoga events, a resort wear fashion show, movie marathon ideas, rum indulgence and ways to get back to nature, both personally as well as virtually. Read on below to mark your calendars with interesting things to do in Miami for August: In-Person Events  Miami Spice Month: August 1 – September 30 Various restaurants across Miami With an extended schedule this year, Miami Spice is continuing into the month of August, giving you all the more reason to try out your favorite restaurants. Indulge in three-course meals from top eateries and award-winning chefs for just $25 a lunch or brunch and $39 a dinner. Don’t feel like heading out? No...
Miami Luxury Condo Market Report Q2 2020
Market Insights Miami Luxury Condo Market Report Q2 2020
2Q20 results show expected drop in sales, but glimmers of recovery appear...  In April, our CondoBlackBook.com first-quarter report on Miami's luxury condos found that the real estate market had managed to evade any negative impact on sales because of the COVID-19 outbreak. With only the beaches reporting a slowdown, the outlook for 2Q20 had been quite positive. However, with the global situation escalating and shelter-in-place orders locking down South Florida for March and April, we've been anticipating a loss of momentum as inevitable. With the 2Q20 results out, in general, we don't expect the market to recover to pre-COVID numbers anytime soon. May showed the lowest level of transactions with only 24 sales. However, June's sales numbers are starting to show signs of a recovery. Read on for more details on how luxury condo sales, prices, days on market, and inventory fared in the second quarter of the year for Miami overall, as well as on a neighborhood basis, plus how the...