SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Franciscans may soon be able to bounce their way around town, if a Swedish-based mobility company has its way.

Earlier this month, start-up company Cangoroo announced plans to deploy hundreds of pogo sticks in select cities to directly compete with electric scooters as a transportation option.

Pogo stick mobility. Photo: Cangoroo.tech

Cangoroo officials said they plan to first launch their pogo sticks in the Swedish cities of Malmo and Stockholm sometime this summer.

After that, they would deploy the sticks in both London and San Francisco.

On Friday, Cangoroo CEO and co-founder Adam Mikkelsen said his company chose San Francisco as one of its launch cities because of its reputation as place of innovation.

He added that Cangoroo could start deploying anywhere between 100 and 200 pogo sticks in San Francisco as early as late summer or possibly in the fall.

Additionally, Mikkelsen said that Cangoroo is currently working on prototypes for other micro-mobility vehicles as alternatives to e-scooters.

The pogo sticks, he said, could be used to get around, but could also be used as a fitness product, as it counts each jump to keep riders motivated.

“We’ve been following the micro-mobility market and seen the demand. However, we also found that existing players are very generic when it comes to brand loyalty and making a statement and contributing to something beyond taking you from point A to B,” he said, emphasizing the sustainability and fitness aspect to the pogo sticks.

Mikkelsen said Cangoroo would be ready to work with city officials, including the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, on regulations and safety before launching the product.

“We don’t have specific details about this company but we will review any new transportation service to ensure compliance with existing laws,” SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said in a statement.

The launch of hundreds of e-scooters last year in the city by a handful of companies quickly drew the ire of residents who complained the dockless scooters were being thrown on sidewalks and blocking walkways.

Following the launch, the SFMTA created a permit policy for the scooters, in which SFMTA officials ultimately chose two out of 12 applicants, Scoot and Jump, to operate e-scooters in the city.

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Comments (24)
  1. James Reagan says:

    Is this a joke? Well I guess its better than stepping on human poop or getting the toes stuck with a drug needle.

  2. Joy Bonham says:

    Seriously? Do they know there are hills in S.F.?

  3. Ronald Roman says:

    Won’t they slide in the poo that’s on the sidewalks? Or won’t the hypodermic needles puncture the tires?

  4. Kyle Butler says:

    OMG, pogo sticks are crazy dangerous. Hit a slippery spot and they slip out, and the downward momentum makes the fall MUCH faster than people are used to, so they can’t catch themselves as normal. When things go wrong they go wrong fast, and it’s head, neck, and face injuries instead of skinned hands and knees.

  5. Bill Wilson says:

    This must be a joke. But then San Francisco and California are jokes.

  6. This is a PR stunt for Odd Company. Y’all fell for it CBS. Literal fake news.

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