What happened to Zoom Zoom scooters?

For the past few years, a fleet of red and white scooters signalled the beginning of tourist season. The two-wheeled harbingers of ferry overloads travelled to the far reaches of Tunstall Bay, Cowan Point and Mt. Gardner. But the roads were quiet this past May. 

After co-owner Jamie Woodall found out over the winter that Zoom Zoom Scooter Rentals would need to move from its Miller Road location, she searched the cove for a suitable site. But flat training areas that meet zoning requirements are hard to come by in the cove.

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“It needs to be paved, and it needs to be designated for it to be safe,” said Woodall. 

“[And] if I can’t train them to be safe riders first and I can’t assess their strength as riders, I can’t send them out into this community,” she said. 

 After considering and then deciding against renting e-bikes, Woodall didn’t open Zoom Zoom this year. 

However, one might still see a flash of red and white on Bowen roads. Woodall kept four scooters insured and on occasion rents to people with a class six motorcycle licence (so there’s no training required). She also is also honouring pre-paid purchases: people who bought scooter rentals as an auction item, or who received a gift certificate. 

As for the future of Zoom Zoom, Woodall isn’t sure, but she’s holding onto the scooters for now. 

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