The booming trend of e-scooters and onewheels offers new opportunity to downtown businesses.
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (November 7, 2019) Scott Carbone, owner of eCarve an electric scooter and onewheel sales and rental dealership, made a proposal to New Port Richey city council for approval to rent and use this new form of micro mobility in the city. On Tuesday, November 5th members of the council approved the proposal with some parameters; scooters must be off the streets by 8:30 p.m., helmets must be provided, and liability insurance must be in place.
Carbone is excited to introduce this innovation to the city and says he intends to do so in a safe and responsible manner. “Our plans include rider education and a pledge that they wear helmets, understand and abide the laws, park responsibly, and remain aware of their surroundings. We want customers to have a fun and safe experience while visiting New Port Richey,” said Carbone.
Electric scooters are becoming popular for city dwellers and tourists. They provide a convenient and environmentally-friendly form of mobility. Carbone stated, “There’s so much to do and see in New Port Richey. Our e-scooters are a fun way to see the city and a great opportunity for other businesses in the area. I plan to offer suggested routes where riders can tour our downtown and experience the great art murals, historic buildings and scenic parks. The scooters can easily go to the West Pasco Art Guild, Hacienda Hotel, West Pasco Historical Museum, Sims Park, and then head to a restaurant at the other end of the city for lunch, ice cream or coffee. I invite business owners to contact me and learn about docking stations that can bring new customers to their door. We are looking forward to partnering with downtown businesses that will embrace our vision and see the potential in this new opportunity.”
Carbone sells and rents electric scooters and onewheels. The Segway 9bot Pro Max Scooter is the model he rents for $8 an hour with a minimum 2 hour rental. It has a 250-watt motor can last up to 40 miles on a single charge, app integration that can provide enhanced features, and a lightweight aluminum frame that folds making it convenient to store or carry. “They are very user friendly and can be easily operated by a diverse age group,” said Carbone.
The onewheel is a motorized skateboard and can be rented on a try-before-you-buy basis. Rates are $300 a day or $400 for a 5-day rental. If purchased, the rental fee will be deducted from the retail price.
Currently, e-scooters will be available to rent through reservations. Call Scott Carbone for availability and detailed information at