Commuting on a Scooter
With gas prices rising, we're bound to see more stories like this in the mainstream media. Stories about people using their bicycles to *gasp* commute, people taking the bus or buying a scooter. All very exotic to U.S. audiences.
This one from the Wall Street Journal is about an elementary school teacher (the video above isn't about him, but about Vespa scooters in general) who started commuting to his school on a Vespa GTS. "He parks free in the schoolyard, and the two-wheeler impresses his students. The kids also like 'the odd factor,' he says. 'I'm a six-foot-one-inch, 255-pound guy on a little Italian scooter.'"
Scooter Sales are Strong
First-quarter scooter sales were up 25% from a year earlier, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.
Models like the $4,200 retro Vespa S, which recently began arriving in showrooms, can travel 80 miles on a gallon of fuel. Others, like the $2,000 ultra-utilitarian Yamaha C3, tout fuel economy of around 100 miles per gallon. Most models also have automatic transmissions and cargo compartments big enough for a briefcase or gym bag, or sometimes both.
Of course, scooters are not practical everywhere. But even in the U.S., there are many cities that are fairly scooter-friendly and where we're probably going to see more of them in the years to come.
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