Campus SKooters are Cruising Through State College
You can see students driving them down the streets of State College, beeping their horns and making pedestrians incredibly jealous. As they cruise past, you wonder “What is the deal with these mopeds and how do I get my ass on one this instant?”
Campus SKooters is a rental company and dealership located in the Hills Plaza at 2135 S. Atherton St. right near the State College Diner. Their mission is simple: to offer affordable and fun transportation to college students, local residents, and tourists.
The idea for the company came from Bryan Donovan after he visited State College last fall.
“Cars seemed to pack the streets and the bus stops overflowed with people,” Donovan said. “It just didn’t feel like there was a cost effective, convenient, and effortless transportation option to get from point A to point B.”
Donovan realized that scooters were much cheaper for students who are on a budget, rather than paying all the expenses that come with owning a car. Plus, scooters are incredibly comfortable, easy, and fun to ride.
But Donovan’s idea didn’t come into fruition overnight.
“It was about an 8 month process before the doors officially opened in April,” Donovan said. “There was a lot of work to be done to find a suitable location, prepare the store, buy scooters, and hire and train employees.”
Campus SKooters opened its doors on April 6, 2013. Now, a year after its inception, this company offers a variety of models from three main manufacturers: Bintelli, KYMCO, and Genuine Scooters. Although KYMCO and Genuine are the higher quality scooters, the Bintelli is the entry-level scooter used in their rental fleet.
Right now, rental rates for students start at $34.95 to rent per day and $109.95 per week. If you’re feeling really saucy, you could rent a scooter for eight weeks at $44.95 per week or even a 16-week deal at $34.95 per week. Each rental also comes with a state minimum liability insurance policy, and if parking is a concern for you, there are several free spots downtown designated for both motorcycles and scooters.
“We promise that, if you know how to ride a bike, you can learn to ride a scooter,” the company claims.
Although the scooters only clock in at a max speed of around 35 MPH, a basic Class C license is still required to rent and drive a scooter. Some of the newest models offered by the company include:
Since opening their doors, the company has seen success, at least in Donovan’s eyes.
“We always love hearing about the experiences and seeing the smiles from our customers,” Donovan said. “If you have ever considered riding, come check us out. We offer rider training for anyone, whether this is your 1st time or 1000th time on a scooter.”