Here’s an article from BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6962970.stm In a nutshell – scooters take up less space than cars, both when moving and when parked. So they help decrease congestion.
The article is really about proposed congestion pricing in NYC, which is based on the London system. London’s system not only has exemptions* (so no fee) for motorcycles and scooters, but they also provide parking* for motorcycles and scooters. (Gee, what a concept!)
No one would doubt that moving a parked car is damage or attempted theft, but pushing over a parked scooter apparently is no big deal. One thing the article does not mention is that secure scooter parking is important because scooters are easier (than heavier motorcycles and waaay heavier cars) to hoist into a truck.
(*The source is Michael Horodniceanu and more answers can be found here: http://empirezone.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/06/08/taking-questions-a-traffic-expert-on-congestion-pricing/)
The folks at Columbusunderground were talking about this a while back, and the result is this website: http://xingcolumbus.wordpress.com/
Light rail, COTA, walking and biking! Sustainability.
I like the idea of this festival (http://www.altwheels.org/) in Boston. The point is to promote “alternatives” like public transit, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and of course biking and walking. Scooters are included, and the Honda Riders Club (motorcycles) is going to be there. It’s two days, Sept. 28-29th. My dream job would pay me to go, but… yea I’m going to try to make my own arrangements to get there.
Wouldn’t it be cool if we had something like this in Columbus?
Just read a disturbing post on a Kymco board against bicyclists. Bad! I’d much rather share the road with bicyclists than cagers. (Cagers are car drivers.) Just because we go faster than bikes doesn’t mean we deserve to be on the road and they don’t. (Luckily I was not the only person who felt this way.)
If you are riding here in Columbus, you may not come across many bikers. (Bicyclists) But on High Street near campus and downtown they are out! So remember them and don’t sit in the far right of your lane. You shouldn’t be doing that anyways, because then the cagers will come into your lane. If you want to read more about biking in Columbus, go to http://www.considerbiking.org/
Wouldn’t it be cool if Columbus had this one day? Believe it or not, I am not the only person who cares about this. From one of the relatively new Columbus Dispatch blogs: http://blog.dispatch.com/commuter/2007/08/put_it_in_park.html
If you are traveling to NYC or have friends there, here are the details: http://www.vespanomics.com/FreeParkingNYCLocations.cfm.
Here’s a video from a NYC news channel about it…
I like playing around with making videos, but I’m not very good at it. But I will try to get something together for this contest Vespa is throwing. http://gogreenchallenge.vespausa.com/ The winner gets a brand new Vespa. I think Vespas are over-rated but if someone gave me one free? I wouldn’t turn it down!
Really it’s the idea I like more, that Vespa is using this contest to get people to create videos that spread the message that scooters (in this case Vespas) are greener than cars. Harnessing the global community, and the power of “the internets.”
This is from Vespa USA, but most of the facts could go for any scooter. http://www.vespanomics.com/ Scooters sold in the US (and motorcycles) after 2005 meet much stricter emissions standards. Assuming they are DOT approved of course. I will post more about this (it’s the point of my blog!) but this will get you started.