As we slowly creep back to doing all the things we have put on hold in the past  months— shopping, eating out, visiting family or going to the  office—it’s clear that the old ways of getting about might not suit our circumstances, or the new world, anymore. 

The current crisis has had one particularly visible, and particularly wonderful, side effect on towns and cities: bike lanes are popping up as people flock to use not only bicycles, but increasingly also e-bikes and e-scooters to get about. These personal forms of getting around have caught on fast, and are now a part of our day-to-day life. 

It’s easy to see why: this new breed of e-micromobility is convenient, sustainable, and an ideal way to maintain social distancing as you travel. Especially e-scooters are  zippy and simple to ride, which means they’re also fun. They’re really fun. If you’ve not ridden one yet, you’ve maybe watched enviously as someone else whizzes past, suppressing a smile as they do so. (Honestly: they’re so much fun.) 

If the idea of standing up for your journey doesn’t appeal, e-bikes are the e-scooter’s older cousin: tough, well built bikes with a powerful battery and motor to help ease you up hills and make longer stretches of journey fly by. But since most of us already have a bike, the smaller and lighter e- scooter might be the more reasonable addition to our transportation routine.

No matter your choice, what both these electric rideables have in common is that they are not just fun, but incredibly useful.—Most people use them because they’re simply the easiest way to get out and about. And maintenance is simple: you just plug them in to charge and, er, that’s pretty much it—you can just get on with riding around.

And while e-scooters have become a familiar sight in some of Europe’s bigger cities, lots of people who don’t live in those specific cities, are missing out. This is where GroverGo comes in, offering e-scooters on a monthly subscription basis. So you can enjoy using your personal scooter without having to actually buy or own one.— In fact, we’ve created our very own GroverGo e-scooter model, based on insights from our e-scooter subscribers. The GroverGo e-scooter is the one most people want for on-the-go use: it’s lightweight (under 13kg), folds easily and can be tucked away, and charges quickly. And it’s not too heavy on the pocket either. From just €24,90 a month, you can be zipping around in no time—whenever, and wherever you want. No more paying by the minute (which can really add up if you’re a frequent rider or are looking to traverse longer distances), just one transparent monthly price.

Our current world poses new challenges. Maybe you don’t feel completely ready to get back on public transport, or maybe you can’t for health reasons. Perhaps your office is partially open again, but you can’t car-pool anymore. Or perhaps now you simply realize, like so many of us these days, that time is life’s most precious commodity.

A monthly e-scooter subscription is a great solution if you wish to travel solo, on your own schedule  whilst quickly getting to  where you need to be in your neighbourhood and beyond.

And speaking of work, offices are still going to be a big part of life, which means the accompanying commute will be, too. Employers who are seeking the right remote work/office work balance, are also looking for more meaningful ways to give employees perks—so don’t be surprised if they offer you a personal e-scooter to whisk you into the office… the work-perk you never knew you needed! (Bosses—if you want to give your team a fun bonus that helps them get back into office life and keep them out of traffic, you can rent GroverGo e-scooters for your business.) 

A dreary, traffic-heavy, stop-start commute might be transformed on an e-scooter into a 15-minute, uninterrupted breeze. Most of our subscribers tell us they use their e-scooters every day, with a quarter using them to get to work or school. They love the hygienic comfort of knowing they’re not sharing the device with someone else, and they love being able to go wherever they want, whenever they want, without being tied to a per-ride payment. (Half don’t even have access to pay-per-ride services.) 

Like so many things that have happened in the wake of COVID-19, the shift to embrace smaller, personal electric modes of transport has lots of meaningful impacts, and the world around us has already adapted to suit them. Scooting around without sitting in a cage of  metal is much kinder to the environment and makes cities less crowded and prettier—and might transform how you engage with them, too.