Before COVID-19 happened, Toronto had the second-worst traffic in all of Canada. Drivers spent almost 142 hours per year being stuck in traffic and those traffic delays would increase by around 60% during the morning and evening rush hours. Commuters who use Toronto public transport like TTC or busses can face congestion, subway delays and cancellations. As fellow Torontonians, these issues are all too common and we can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard about people looking to shorten their commute time or trying to find a better way of getting around Toronto. Luckily, the answer is simple: the best way to get around Toronto is by using an electric scooter!
At the beginning of this year, Electric Scooters were officially legalized in Ontario and so far it’s easy to see why they’ve become such a popular trend in Toronto. They’re a fun and convenient way to save time on your commute and make travelling around the city much easier. They are affordable, easy to carry around, and most importantly, they’ll help make you more excited to travel and explore areas in Toronto that you never had a chance to visit before!
Many people have asked us “do I need a car in Toronto” and the answer is not really! Electric scooters are one of the most convenient micro-mobility vehicles in the market today and one of the best solutions for shorter commutes. If you combine the e scooter with other options like the Subway or Go Train, you’ll have the ability to commute any distance you want, short to long, with ease! That’s why we believe electric scooters are the best way to get around Toronto.
Key Benefits of Using Electric Scooters
From talking to many electric scooter users, ranging from total beginners to scooter enthusiasts, we’ve found that they love their e scooters for three key reasons:
Save Time: One of the most talked benefits is convenience. No matter where you live, close or far, Electric Scooters can be extremely beneficial in simplifying your travel and helping you to cut downtime. And since electric scooters are designed to have great maneuverability to weave through traffic and don’t require parking or waiting for public transport, getting from point A to point B in Toronto has never been easier!
Save Money: Did you know that buying an electric scooter can actually help you save money? It’s one of the reasons why we always get so excited about introducing electric scooters to fellow Torontonians. Here’s how: A premium electric scooter costs around $1,000 and will last generally 3 to 5 years. A daily commute is roughly $10 a day, meaning after 100 days, you’ve already made your money back, isn’t that amazing?! Plus, they also have several other uses for travelling, commuting and making your life hassle-free, how’s that for investment compared to a $1500 iPhone or $60k Tesla Model 3?
Be In Control: Lastly, when we spoke to our customers, we found that they loved the control and freedom that e-scooters provided them in their life. Instead of letting transit times or rush hour traffic schedules dictate their lives, our electric scooter owners are getting around on their terms and can choose to leave whenever they please. Once you start, the exhilarating thrill of riding your new electric scooter can take you to new places you wouldn’t usually visit. Plus, using an electric scooter gives the owner more freedom in their life to do more things they love or don’t usually get to fit in. Imagine what could you do with an extra hour each day?
As COVID-19 cases have started to slow down in Toronto and plans for the reopening of the city begin, electric scooters are the best way to get around Toronto and have many use cases, such as the five listed below:
Five Ways To Use Electric Scooters In Downtown Toronto
Commuting to the office or school: As a young professional or student, it can be difficult to rely strictly on public transportation such as the TTC or Go Train to go wherever you want. Electric scooters can be a great solution to avoid worrying about traffic issues and make your commute much easier, especially for locations within a 10km range. That means no more waiting for public transport, no more driving and being stuck in traffic and no more hopping from bus to bus to get from place to place. Plus, you don’t have to worry about storage or parking as it's compact, foldable and can be easily stashed in your office or home and can be brought onto public transportation. AND THERE IS NO COST DOING SO!!!
Hang out with friends: Now with an electric scooter, visiting your friends has never been easier. Simply scoot to your friend’s place, fold and carry your scooter inside to their home without worrying about parking or having to lock it up outside. Besides, if your friends also have scooters, it's a great way to explore the city and go on an adventure together. Plus, with the added convenience and the thrill you’ll have to scoot over to your friend’s place, it might also help to strengthen your long-term friendships as well! ;)
Getting groceries: Using an electric scooter makes it extremely convenient to go shopping for groceries, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Easily get to your nearest grocery store hassle-free, without having to worry about any parking issues. When you are in the store, you can either fold your scooter and simply carry your scooter around or you can choose to roll it around with you as you shop without having to worry about locking it outside and having a chance of getting it stolen. After you’re done, put the grocery bags on each handle to balance and head home. Easy!
NOTE: For safety, make sure it’s not too heavy and the scooter weight is balanced on each side.
Uber Alternative: Electric scooters are an amazing alternative to using ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft, especially for shorter distances where relying on public transportation or driving can be time-consuming and not worth the effort. This is especially true from a study in the US that found for Uber rides, 46% of them are generally under 5 km. Using an Electric Scooter is free, convenient, saves a lot of time and can be even faster (especially if there’s traffic!). It’s easy to see why most of our electric scooter users have greatly reduced their ride-sharing service usage after buying their electric scooter.
Sightseeing: Lastly, as summer approaches and the weather starts getting better, it’s a great time to catch up with friends in public areas and do some sightseeing! With an electric scooter, that’s never been easier, especially with the ability to ride in bike lanes. Additionally, being outdoors is a great form of stress relief and can help increase your happiness levels. Customers have told us they can’t wait to get up and ride their e-scooter each day. Imagine what you would be able to accomplish starting the day off positive and happy each morning?
NOTE: Please only go sightseeing once the government has released plans saying it's appropriate to do so.
Buying an electric scooter is a smart choice for anyone living in Toronto as it is the best & cheapest way of getting around. By helping you save time, save money and being in more control of your life, electric scooters are a great vehicle to help you get from anywhere downtown. Plus, with the amazing use cases, such as commuting to work and school, hanging out with friends, shopping for groceries, being a great alternative to Uber or Lyft rides and going on sightseeing adventures, there’s never been a better time to pick up an electric scooter for yourself!
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