STUPID SWEDISH COMPANY WANTS TO RENT POGO STICKS TO PEDESTRIANS IN SAN FRANCISCO
So what is it with people and amazingly dumb ideas? And I do mean amazingly dumb. San Francisco has been inundated, not with rain, but with dumb ideas lately. Many of them involve transportation. If you’re from California, you already know about bike lane issues with Uber and Lyft. So you may also have heard about rental scooters and electric scooters. All of these things together have created some confusion, at a minimum. Some of it dangerous. So what’s the best thing to add to this mix of chaos in the hills? Pogo sticks. Yes, pogo sticks. Thanks to a Swedish company, there’s now an idea to provide pogo sticks as a transportation option in San Francisco.
IT’S NOT A JOKE, CANGOROO WANTS THEIR POGO STICKS TO COMPETE WITH ELECTRIC SCOOTERS
So no, this is not an Onion article. And no, it’s not a bad Kickstarter idea, either. The Swedish company is a start-up with the name Cangoroo. But Cangoroo is looking to create a market footprint with pogo sticks to compete with electric scooters. This is a real thing. Cangoroo plans on first launching hundreds of their pogo sticks in Malmo and Stockholm, both in Sweden, this summer. So that’s like, now. But after that, they plan on getting pedestrians on them in London as well as San Francisco. But why San Francisco? The company’s CEO and co-founder, Adam Mikkelsen, wants his pogo sticks there because of its “reputation as a place of innovation.”
POGO STICKS ARE NEVER GOING TO BE A VIABLE METHOD OF TRANSPORTATION
So, ok. That sounds nice. But it’s totally stupid. I beg anyone to think of one single way this is a good idea. So Cangoroo wants to rent these, likely at a similar rate as electric scooters. Those go for about a dollar a minute. But depending on the scooter, you can go a decent distance on one in ten minutes. How far can anyone go in ten minutes on a pogo stick? And does anyone even remember how to ride a pogo stick? And can you say cars, pedestrians, bikes and scooters being in the way? But what about hills, too? I’ve heard there might be just a few in San Francisco. Oh, and trams! So get some popcorn out if this actually happens. Cause there is no go with pogo.