Riding a kick scooter is downright fun. Let us steer you and your little riders towards smooth gliding with these tidbits of advice.
How to move
There are no fancy gadgets and gizmos here: To get, gain, and maintain momentum on a kick scooter, all you need is good pushing power. Here’s how to propel the scooter along and position yourself for good stability:
- With your hands on the handlebars, place one foot pointed straight ahead on the front of the scooter deck.
- Place the other foot on the ground, just to the side of the scooter.
- Bend the knee of that leg slightly and push the ground backwards with your foot. Lift that foot as soon as the scooter thrusts forward and repeat that movement to reach or maintain a desired speed.
- When you want to coast on momentum, place your kicking foot behind your front foot on the deck and pointed at an angle of 70 to 90 degrees. (This stance can help you maintain better balance.)
How to brake
You’ll use your back foot to also engage the rear foot brake. To slow the scooter down, lift that foot, move it onto the brake, then gently push the brake down. To come to a complete stop, just apply more pressure.
How to turn
Depending on the Jetson kick-scooter that you have, you’ll steer the scooter in one of two ways:
- By leaning – Our Lean to Steer scooters—the Gleam, Mist, and Solo—do not have rotating handlebars. To turn the scooter while it’s in motion, slightly lean the torso left or right to transfer body weight in that direction, and the scooter will veer accordingly. The more you lean, the sharper the turn that the scooter will take.
- By rotating the handlebar – The rest of our kick-scooter lineup features a handlebar that, when swiveled, swivels the front wheel with it. The more you rotate the handlebar left or right, the sharper a turn the scooter will make.
Always be mindful of obstacles or changes in terrain. For more tips on how to ride safely and smoothly, check out this article.