Posted by Richard at 16 April, at 21 : 46 PM
Are scooters the future of transport? Well if recent newspaper stories are to believed then it appears so. Many are reporting increased moped sales as people are looking for cheaper alternatives to second cars. It makes sense with the average running costs of a scooter being well below that of a car and with our European counterparts heavily adopting this approach. But why should we care?
Well… it could have huge effect on the market and people’s opinions of scooters. More demand, means more scooters which of course we all love. We would warmly welcome new models but the change would also signal important social change. Our perception of the bike for example has changed significantly in recent years. These are now seen as a fun and environmentally friendly way to get to work. Could the same happen to mopeds. Just maybe.
While mopeds are extremely fun they are also extremely practical and one innovative council has turned to this form of transport to help young people who live in rural areas to get to work. Youngsters can loan a moped from as little as £45 a month and will allow them to get to college or work related commitments more easily. It’s a scheme that signals real change and it is said that it could help to stimulate economic growth in the area. It is certainly nice to see a council try new things and look at outside of the box solutions.
If this is a success it may spurn other initiatives such as share schemes. It may not take off but it would theoretically be easy enough for an owner to offer a work colleague or friend a lift to work on the back of their scooter. I think this could work well for city dwellers but only time will tell. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.