Scooting about Dickinson just became easier.
Tracy Tooz of Tooz Construction has brought 18 electric, dockless Goat scooters to the city for easy rental.
"We have some positioned in Dickinson," Tooz said, "and more are coming for other cities in North Dakota and around the region."
The rentable scooters can be found at Phat Fish Brewery, the Spur Bar, DePorres and downtown between The Rock and The Esquire.
Dickinson is currently the only area in the surrounding states that offers Goat rentals.
Melissa Scharf, Phat Fish co-owner, said the scooters are welcome at the restaurant, which has its opening on Thursday.
"We've seen a lot of people coming and picking them up and riding them," she said. "They seem to be very popular. Either they're here, or get parked somewhere else. We've heard lots of good things. People look like they're having fun on them."
There are many benefits to having the scooters in town, Tooz said.
"They're in a lot of bigger cities, and it's the convenience and fun of renting them and jumping around from place to place," he said.
He added, "It's well-needed, and all ages, 16 and above, can enjoy it."
Already, the response has been greater than anticipated.
"They're sure getting used pretty well," Tooz said. "We started on Thursday and everywhere we put them, they're out."
Tooz had anticipated 10 rentals each day.
"We're well above that right now," he said. "We're seeing about 25 to 30."
Tooz tried it himself before and enjoyed the experience.
"We used it down in Nashville," he said. "I loved it. That's why I brought it to North Dakota."
Each Goat scooter comes with GPS. The scooters can be left anywhere in the city and they will be collected and returned to the drop-off points for rental.
Worries exist that the scooters could be abused or used inappropriately.
"That's always a concern," Tooz said. "So far, we haven't had much of that."
The scooters did not require a permit from the city, City Administrator Joe Gaa said.
"It doesn't mean we shouldn't look into it," he said. "As far as I know, we hadn't been approached about permitting."
He added, "I think we're pretty relaxed here."
Like many, Gaa was surprised by their arrival.
"Somebody said something the other day, just in conversation, like, 'That would be so cool. I saw that in another city,' " he said. "And then this morning somebody said, 'Do you know anything about scooters being rented?'"
Gaa said he's seen the scooters being used in the Kansas City, Mo., area, and thinks it's great that they are now available in Dickinson.
"I know in a lot of areas it's a thing," he said. "You see them in a lot of big city downtowns."
Another 18 scooters will be introduced into the community after this weekend, Tooz said, for a total of 36 scooters.
For more information, and to download the rental app, visit https://www.ridegoat.com/how-to-ride/.