I’ve lived in New York now for over 6 years, and until recently, I’d never thought about commuting on a Kick Scooter. It just wasn’t on my radar. I think, like a lot of people, I associated Kick Scooters with a younger time in my life and hadn’t given much thought to the possibilities that a Kick Scooter could have for an adult working and living in a big city in New York. But, over the last few months, I keep finding myself thinking, man, wouldn’t it be nice to have a Kick Scooter right about now.
Kick Scooter revelation #1: getting doored
I live up in Harlem at 139th and Broadway and, usually, I try to bike to work. I love it for so many reasons. It’s much faster than public transit, it’s a good way to get exercise, and explore the city. But it also takes a lot of energy and, as there’s no consistent bike path between me and my work, I have to bike in dense traffic. The other day I was biking home from NYCeWheels, the bike shop where I work on the uppereast side. Heading West on 85th street toward Central Park I was preparing to pass a few taxis stuck in traffic. This always a dicey moment as New Yorkers are apt to open taxi doors at any moment, and I was cautious, slowing down glancing suspiciously at each door- just try it, I thought, that’s right taxis, I’m one step ahead of y… BAM! front door passenger nails me, I fall off the seat, top tube catches me right in the, well you know where, and I crawl off the sidewalk with a few sad moans.
As I sat on the curb, whimpering and trying to recover a little dignity, a middle aged couple zipped behind me on the sidewalk riding a couple of KickPed Kick Scooters, Laughing, carefree, and I suddenly considered the real advantage to commuting on a Kick Scooter, on the sidewalk, where doors aren’t your natural enemy. With a Kick Scooter, you still get the main advantages of biking – exercise, being out doors, having fun, – and you don’t have to contend with traffic . Pretty sweet deal from where I was sitting.
Kick Scooter Revelation #2: I hate buses
The day after my dooring, I was still a little shaken up, so I decided to give my bike a break and take public transit to work. Strangely, after taking taxis and subways NY for 6 years, this would be the first time on an above ground bus, and I made all the rookie mistakes. I tried to pay with cash, was ushered off the bus and asked to get dollar coins. When I finally succeeded in paying for my ride, we immediately got stuck in rush hour traffic for 30 minutes while I leaned my head miserably against the window and watched Kick Scooters pass merrily buy. Finally I got off too early and had to walk 2 avenues to the 125th 4/5 train, take it down to 86th, and walk 4 more avenues to work. All in all it took me an hour and 30 minutes to travel 4 miles to work. On a Kick Scooter I probably could have made it in under 30min. Easily. And had a blast. Stupid bus.
Kick Scooter Revelation #3: They’re a great way to have fun with friends
So in the past few weeks, I’ve had my eyes open, and I’ve seen quite a few people having a blast on their Kick Scooters around town. And often as a group. Sitting at Murray’s bagels in the village, I watched a couple pass by, one riding a City Kicker Kick Scooter, one of the faster models we sell, and the other on the KickPed. Often I see families riding Kick Scooters along the sidewalks, or friends scooting around central park. One of our past customer sent us a great video of his flying down the bridge on his Kick Scooter pushing 20 miles per hour.
The more I think about it, the more clear it seem: a Kick Scooter is not only a safe and fun way to commute, it’s also a great way to make new friends and have a great time exploring this wonderful city.
That’s all for now