I thought that Kevin Joy did a good job with his article on scooters. You can find more of my thoughts on my scooter site. But the article explains that with gas prices going up, scooter sales have shot up. The article also includes quotes from various users (not all of them live in the city, for example), mentions of local groups, a good summary of laws, sample prices and specs (top speed, mileage) for 3 scooter models, and a teaser that Mayor Coleman will soon be announcing his scooter-and-motorcycle-parking initiative. Hopefully that initiative will be excellent. (More scooter-parking specific thoughts here.)
Read the full article here. Some good quotes:
Motohio sold three times more scooters than motorcycles in May — an unheard-of ratio for the 4-year-old business… … the Speed Factory is out of scooters — with a waiting list 30 names deep, said manager Aaron Saez, who expects more scooters this month.
Sales are definitely up!
Several riders tell of close calls or rudeness while noting that motorist etiquette and awareness are improving with the spread of scooters.
Car drivers, watch out for scooters out there!
Two months ago, Cindi Ludlum of Genoa Township bought a midnight-blue 2007 Vespa 250 IE. Her husband, initially skeptical, liked it so much that he quickly followed suit. These days, their SUV and sedan stay parked in their Westerville-area garage while the couple — sometimes dressed in matching neon jackets — ride their scooters to work.
Admittedly, the 60-year-old Ludlum said, the notion might seem odd. “We’re about as conservative as you come — very suburban,” she said. “But there is this unexpected rush of excitement on a scooter. “We are having a blast.”
Scooter buyers can no longer be stereotyped as “urban hipsters” or “people without enough money to buy a car” or even “Sunday afternoon riders”. Many people, including the Ludlums, are using their scooter to commute to work.