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Sit-Down Electric Scooters Hit the Texas Streets

Are Mini Mopeds the New Answer or Just Another Worry?

BY // 06.13.19

A new kind of scooter has hit the Texas streets. This time, it’s a sit-down scooter called the Ojo. An on-demand, electric scooter rideshare program in Dallas and Austin (for now), Ojos have begun to pop up across Dallas over the past couple of weeks.

A much fancier and comfortable looking version of the Lime, Bird, and Jump scooters, these mini-mopeds go up to 20 mph. They have bluetooth speakers so you can listen to music or charge your phone while you ride.

There’s also a basket attached to the back, a major improvement. The lack of a basket or any place to put things has been a struggle for those who use electric scooters to commute to work or the corner store.

There are some rules though. For these new scooters, all riders must be 18 years or older. You have to take a photo of your driver’s license when signing up on the app. They’re meant to be ridden on the street, in bike lanes, similar to the electric Jump bikes. You’re also required to abide by all traffic laws and lights and only one person is allowed on at a time. No couples cruising.

Helmets are, of course, suggested and it costs about $2.50 per a five minute ride. It also costs $1.25 just to get started. Could these be the scooters of Dallas’ future? Maybe.

I think most of us are tired of seeing Bird and Lime scooter graveyards all over the city. It’s time for something new.

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