Arian Horbovetz is an urbanist writer and photographer who publishes his thoughts about city living in a blog called The Urban Phoenix. In a recent post, Arian praises the versatility and dependability of commuting via electric scooter. The early adopters of scooter commuting are trying the rental models, comparing the pros and cons on speed and range, and buying machines to scoot around town.
Arian Horbovetz Recommends Commuting with an e-Scooter
After owning an early scooter model, Arian upgraded to something lighter and longer-lasting. It even costed less than his original scooter. That kind of price decline as quality improves is the path most technology follows before it’s widely adopted.
Here are Arian’s observations on the experience after riding 160 miles on the new machine:
“The most notable plus for e-scooters is their remarkable portability. I often take the bus and use it as a “last mile” connector that’s far faster than walking. I can store it anywhere, travel with it… the sky is the limit for scooters with regard to “multi-modal” transportation. There is nothing that compares with the combination of portability and versatility of an electric scooter.”
He adds that his scooter is capable on most road surfaces:
“While it might not be able to tackle off-road conditions like a bike, electric scooters are still very capable when it comes to the rough pavement and even sidewalks. (I DO NOT recommend riding scooters on sidewalks with a decent amount of pedestrian traffic… try to avoid pedestrian encounters wherever possible to ensure pedestrian safety and comfort!)”
Regulations Differ But You’re Mostly Fine Scooting if You Are Polite
Arian mentions that his scooter, like many others cruising around cities throughout the USA, fits into a regulatory gray area:
“In many states like New York, e-scooters are technically an unregisterable motorized vehicle and are thus illegal on streets or sidewalks.”
But here’s the real takeaway for commuters curious about scooters. There might not be specific rules or policies for new transportation modes, but you’ll probably be fine if you’re polite while commuting:
“I have ridden this machine past countless patrol cars and have not had any issue. I’ve even received a few waves of approval from police officers! I think in general, if you don’t ride like a jerk, people are fine with it.”