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About five years ago, Jonas Ho was watching YouTube videos when he discovered a novel way to spend the $500 burning a hole in his pocket: a battery-powered MotoTec skateboard. Since then, Ho, the owner of Noble House Tattoo in Stockbridge, has become a mad scientist of electric skateboards, turning his board into a 51-pound street cruiser lined with lights and capable of traveling up to 32 miles per hour on city streets.
The February debut of Carrollton’s 50-bike fleet was one of the strongest launches that Zagster, the system’s Massachusetts-based provider, had ever seen. Nationwide, only Kennesaw’s bike-share program had more rides per bike straight out of the gate. As of March, 2,200 people—nearly 10 percent of Carrollton’s population—had signed up.