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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Scooters and their appeal for a shorter commute

Of late I've been thinking of getting a scooter - a kick scooter, one that looks like a skateboard with handlebars to steer the front wheel. There are several factors to this.

Here's the first: I've been walking a fair bit recently and I feel that this distance could sometimes be cut short by a human-powered vehicle like a bicycle or a scooter. Roller blades and skateboards are out of the question as I have a bad sense of balance.

The second factor is the difference is parking rates in town. Naturally, we try to park as close as possible to the place that we are having our meeting / event at, but at times parking management realizes this and charges an exorbitant rate, like RM10 per entry. I thought that it might be a penny saver if I could park a little bit further away and then walk (or scoot) to my destination.

Scooters aren't anything new and have been around for a long time. But there have been several iterations of the same thing. One of them is the "tread cycle" from 1920 which is a moving version of our modern day treadmill.

Another is the "skate mobile" from 1917.

In 1924, the "scooter cart or joy runner" appeared.

But the one that I'm really interested in is the "scooter or coaster" like this one from 1924.


Or this scooter from 1929:

It was therefore good news for me to find out that a schoolteacher in the UK had invested in a scooter and found it to be useful for her daily commute, to and from work. The said teacher, Virgina Gilks, is the headmistress of Bromham Lower School. Apparently, the scooter has enabled her to shorted her commute from 15 minutes to just under 10 minutes. (Ref: Bedfordshire News)

I have decided to get a scooter, and I hope that it will be a good experience.