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Who killed the electric scooter?
Tuesday, May. 27, 2008 | 03:45 PM AT
The answer to that question might in fact be: Quebec traffic regulations.
Most electric bicycles (which are regular bicycles that have a lithium or regular electric battery that allow you to roll without pedalling, or move faster if you're pedalling up a slope). Electric scooters move just like regular scooters (except their riders giggle hysterically while scooting past gas stations and also they scoot slower. Like top speed 40 kmph).
I tried the electric bicycle at Maison des Scooters. Jay Issa offered me the sexy-looking scooter, but that might have been scary for the public. (I'm a bit of a motor menace). I have to admit I loved it. Smooth ride. Very soft, no trouble getting started. Quiet as a whisper; good brakes. And the locking and removing of the battery pack was easy enough even for a klutz like me. I love the idea that you can charge your battery on the go (at a restaurant or at the office), but I don't think I'll be buying one (even though at $595 some of them cost less than the non-motorized bikes I've been checking out on craigslist!) My own reasons are mundane: I sit at a desk all day and cherish the exercise I get from walking or cycling to work. I would hate to have to pay gym fees and try to scrounge up extra time because my commute got sedentary.
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