Kick Scooter revelations

Kick Scooter in NYC

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.
Kick Scooters in NYCAs 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

Jack

 

 

 

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