Crazy scootering lady?

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This is my trusty scooter. It hasn’t got a name but it is my latest alternative mode of transport. For financial reasons, I sold my car about 18 months ago and I now have a CityWide travel pass which I think is a fabulous invention by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive. I hop off and on buses and trams with gay abandon, flashing my pass to the driver/conductor and not having to worry about finding change or what travel company it is. It’s awesome. For more info on the CityWide ticket click here CityWide ticket.

However, I digress. As you know Sheffield has loads of hills. My commute to the day job takes me down a hill and then along a flatish main road. I tried cycling last year but I never felt safe cycling back up the hill in a 40 zone. I always felt that my ideal scenario would be to get to work under my own steam and then get the bus to take me home. The bike I had was borrowed and it couldn’t fold up. I couldn’t afford a folding bike of my own so after a fair bit of research, scooting seemed to be the best option.

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So here she is unfolded. If you want to know the make and model, it’s this one Oxelo Town 9. And what do I think of my scooter?

The good points:
• it’s fun
• it cuts my commute by a third if I was to walk
• the brake is good, although it is a gradual stopping brake, you can’t slam it on, although it is easy to jump off
• it has suspension which is helpful on Sheffield’s bumpy streets
• it’s good exercise,  I can feel both legs working as I scoot along
• I can go to the park with my daughter and have fun with her
• I can fold it up and stow it under my desk and take it on the bus
• it is possible to drag along while folded

The bad points:
• you can’t use it when it’s wet as the brake would he useless
• it can be a bit heavy to carry but I can drag it so not really a problem
• ideally, I would also like a front brake

Sometimes, as I am scooting along I wonder what I look like (probably very cool, (ahem)) but I have long since given up worrying about that. Occasionally I get slightly worried by the hill when I am coming down but I haven’t come a cropper yet. I would recommend scooting as a way of commuting or for leisure as it’s great fun and a bit different.

PLEASE NOTE: I have not been given any of the things mentioned in this blog entry.

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