When the weather’s nice, anything’s preferable to being strapped into a hot metal car whether it’s your own or that of an Uber driver. You can walk, of course, but then you pay with your time. Walking to a destination a mile away will take you 20 minutes there and 20 minutes back; good exercise, but not at all efficient! A startup called Blue Duck is proposing a third option for Laredoans: a cost-effective alternative to gas-guzzling vehicles that can actually provide a lot of fun!
Here’s how it works: once you’ve downloaded the free Blue Duck app to your phone, you can rent one of their electric scooters for just $1. After that, you’ll incur an additional charge of $0.25 for every minute you ride. If you do the math, that means you can zip through Laredo’s streets for an hour and it’ll only cost you $16. These things go up to 15 miles per hour; that means you’ll get where you’re going fast (utilizing shortcuts and not having to contend with vehicle traffic) and enjoy the fresh air while you’re getting there.
There are some inherent issues with services like these: the most vocal critics say that helmets should be included (if not mandated) when renting a scooter to encourage safety. Ultimately—for now at least—that responsibility rests with the person cruising down the street on their Duck (as the company affectionately calls them). Hopefully Duck riders know that safety is nothing to quack at.