[Carfreeliving] scooters - fun to ride but...
echill at sfhills.org
Mon Oct 24 08:58:10 MDT 2005
Nearly all scooters pollute at up to 15x the rate of automobiles. Unless
they are fitted with catalytic converters and other emissions control
equipment, they contribute heavily to negative health effects. Battery
technology is improving, to the point that electric scooters can be used
reliably for in-city commutes reliably.
From: Carfreeliving-bounces at livablecity.org
[mailto:Carfreeliving-bounces at livablecity.org] On Behalf Of Mike Sallaberry
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2005 3:11 PM
To: Carfreeliving at livablecity.org
Subject: [Carfreeliving] scooters - fun to ride but...
Kinda cute story about a Texas dude who trades in his pickup for a scooter.
We have a lot of scooters and motos here in SF relative to most US towns,
but I often wonder why scooters are not more popular. Not that I
necessarily want a lot of them near me as I'm cycling...at least cars are
big plodding creatures that are slow to change direction and are pretty
predictable. Scooters are more of a hazard, in my book. Still, they make a
lot of sense for people who don't want to give up motoring but deep down
hate their cars, and could serve as a transition tool for folks who may
eventually give up the scooter for a bicycle.
Here's the article
-> "When gas got to $1.90, I started thinking about an alternative.
Half-jokingly and half-seriously, I told my wife (Beth), 'When the
price hits $2, I'm going to buy a bicycle.' Everything I do is within
three miles of the house. The last time I filled up the Ranger, it was
$50. I looked over at the guy next to me with an Escalade (SUV), and he
was over $100 and still going. I said, 'This is ridiculous.'..."
-- Micky Shearon, Hood County, TX
Michael Sallaberry, P.E.
Associate Transportation Engineer
San Francisco Department of Parking and Traffic
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 345
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554 2351
(415) 554 2352 (fax)
Bicycle Hotline (415) 585-BIKE
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