Newport Harborview website
9 Christie's Landing
Newport, RI 02840
Scooter World Description
Bright-colored SunTrikes look like amusement cars as they buzz through town at a top speed of 35 MPH. Three-wheeled and built for two, the little guys look like motorcycle side cars—only without the motorcycle. It's a great (albeit gimmicky) way to appreciate the scenery on lovely Ocean Drive, though maybe not for the faint of heart (the cars are tiny). This mode of transportation is without a doubt the best thing to happen to kids and scenic drives since the invention of the iPod—the kids may actually ask (OK, beg) to go out for a Sunday drive.
Toddlers & Pre-K: The cars do have seat belts. Even so parents may want to consider whether their youngster is mature enough to follow instructions to stay put inside the vehicle. Babies are not allowed. Other than that, there is no age requirement.
Pre-Teens & Teens: They'll want to go out on their own, but drivers must be at least 18. All passengers are required to wear helmets (provided).
- Start early. Arriving when the shop opens at 9 a.m. is best, as most cars are rented by late morning (meaning you'll have to wait for a return to get on board).
- Call ahead. Those willing to come first thing can guarantee their ride by calling the night before.
- Dry run. Vehicles feel a little wonky at first, but take no time to master. Even so, the little guys are small (they make Smart Cars look like Hummers), which may make the road (shared with full-size vehicles) feel a little intimidating. Ask if you can try one out before renting (at least sit in one) to see if you're comfortable.
- Watch your time. Vehicles are rented by the hour, just about enough time to cruise Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive with a short stop or two.
- Alternate Source. Scooters of Newport also offer the scooters (they call them "Scoot Coupes") at 476 Thames Street; 401-619-0573.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fees: Over $40
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours
Reviews of Scooter World
By TheKaplans June 08, 2009
What we didn't love:
Poor customer service
I phoned the shop 4 times in the 2 weeks prior to my Newport visit to arrange for a bike for my 40 inch, 4 year old son and was assured each time that thy would have a seat or a tricycle or training wheels. Upon arrival, no such bike or were there. The clerk offered price reduction upon my return for the inconvenience involved with hiring a cab to go to WalMart to purchase a bike for the visit. br/br/Upon return, the owner was abrupt, bordering on rude and snapped that his clerk had no authority to offer a price reduction. br/br/We rented two bikes. Each had a loose seat, and worn tires. The kick stand on the adult bike was loose and frequently twisted causing the bike to fall.br/br/Generally speaking a poor experience with a "take it or leave it" attitude from the owner for less than ideal bikes. Use another shop if possible, this one doesnt care. Read More