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    Rental Scooters...not full size Scooters

    Another iteration of mass transportation coming to cities from the bicycle rentals to now having to need a motor. Y'all ask what kids want?...here ya go.

    https://www.kxan.com/news/local/aust...tin/1693830612

    Stand up scootering will now be so last year

    There seems to be a reported injury, car contact incident weekly on the stand up scooters, knowing that more are not reported. Recently rode up Congress Ave into downtown Austin and the UT area and was shocked how many are zipping around and quickly becoming another hazard to identify.
    The other downside is the scooters are being left in walkways and also getting tossed into the creeks and river downtown.
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    Scoots

    I know that they can be a pain in the ass but if someone had them at the moa rally would you use them, or rent them one would have been nice in Des Moines for trips around fairgrounds

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    These are about 2/3 in weight and in speed of the 49cc Sears and Roebuck Allstate Moped (by Puch) I bought when 14 years old. I suspect they will in fact lead some riders to small bikes, and then some of them to bigger bikes. I know for a fact that oldsters thought I was a menace on my moped. Some of them told my parents that was true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 179212 View Post
    I know that they can be a pain in the ass but if someone had them at the moa rally would you use them, or rent them one would have been nice in Des Moines for trips around fairgrounds
    Two wheel golf carts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    These are about 2/3 in weight and in speed of the 49cc Sears and Roebuck Allstate Moped (by Puch) I bought when 14 years old. I suspect they will in fact lead some riders to small bikes, and then some of them to bigger bikes. I know for a fact that oldsters thought I was a menace on my moped. Some of them told my parents that was true.
    My hope is they could be a gateway intro to future motorcycle riders. The skateboard crowd easily accepted the stand up versions and seem to be the target market. The city is actively adding bicycle lanes and opened a new section on western edge of downtown yesterday, however shared with bus traffic.
    20MPH and regular traffic lanes with little education or experience will be interesting. Riding bicycles used to be a mixed bag of interaction when I did it regularly in the area.


    I remember when inline skaters were the downtown and UT area target of anger.Been a while for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 179212 View Post
    I know that they can be a pain in the ass but if someone had them at the moa rally would you use them, or rent them one would have been nice in Des Moines for trips around fairgrounds
    An interesting proposition... can you stand on the floorboards while cruising
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    My hope is they could be a gateway intro to future motorcycle riders. The skateboard crowd easily accepted the stand up versions and seem to be the target market. The city is actively adding bicycle lanes and opened a new section on western edge of downtown yesterday, however shared with bus traffic.
    20MPH and regular traffic lanes with little education or experience will be interesting. Riding bicycles used to be a mixed bag of interaction when I did it regularly in the area.


    I remember when inline skaters were the downtown and UT area target of anger.Been a while for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 179212 View Post
    or rent them one would have been nice in Des Moines for trips around fairgrounds
    During the fair you can rent the 4 wheel handicap electric scooters.
    I thought that might have been a option at the rally, but maybe it was too costly or complicated to arrange.

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    Looked it up, $60 a day during the fair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    Another iteration of mass transportation coming to cities from the bicycle rentals to now having to need a motor. .
    I see Downtown Des Moines has a lot of bicycle rentals, I wonder if they will add the electric scooters as a option?
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Gateway motorcycles; gateway drugs. Not much difference; with both they get you hooked with the cheap stuff and then the cost goes way up.
    I knew that was the wrong word... but, yeah
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    During the fair you can rent the 4 wheel handicap electric scooters.
    I thought that might have been a option at the rally, but maybe it was too costly or complicated to arrange.

    53e43cf91ce33.image.jpg

    Looked it up, $60 a day during the fair.
    Or, a missed opportunity that needs addressing in future spread out facilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    Or, a missed opportunity that needs addressing in future spread out facilities.
    Was this shot taken at the Des Moines National? Oh wait, probably not, nobody dressed in Hi Viz though the crowd looks similar. Is that guy with the scooter at full lock a GS Giant ?

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    Since renting scooters at the national was mentioned, I will ask-will there be a shuttle? There was at the last MOA national I attended.

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    There has been several Texas incidents in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio. It makes the news here weekly.

    I did a search using ''scooter accident" Most are short reports, but definitely seems to be a growing issue. Riding after dark seems to be a bigger factor on some of the more serious ones.

    https://cbsaustin.com/search?find=Scooter+accident
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