Since these dockless scooter companies arrived in DC, I’ve been hopping on Birds/Limes/Spins at every opportunity. My morning commute went from the worst to the best part of my day. The only problem is that I often can’t find a scooter available nearby when I need one.
I spent a few hours researching how much one of these puppy dogs would cost retail, and found the Bird scooters (manufactured by Chinese company Xiaomi) are only available from Amazon for $500 or other foreign re-sellers (Like Gearbest or AliExpress for even more than that. I feel like $500 isn’t bad at all, but am very hesitant to make the investment without a local servicing solution.
I’m wondering if anybody knows of either a retail scooter shop or scooter repair shop in the DMV? I’ve been spinning my wheels (haw haw) on Google and Yelp trying to find a spot, but given the multiple meanings of ‘scooter’, have not been able to locate a single store that deals in electric kick scooters like Bird or Lime.”
“Right after your post about owning a scooter too.”
Our much beloved Honda Ruckus was stolen last night from the corner of Summit Pl and Quarry Rd NW in Lanier Heights. I had a heavy duty Kryptonite lock/chain and the thieves cut right through it.
My boyfriend filed a police report this morning. Apparently, another scooter was stolen two blocks away last night on the corner of Summit Pl and Clydesdale. They smashed the area around the ignition, so I have a suspicion that it was some kind of scooter stealing ring that is only interested in parts. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user brunofish
Over the last month or so, I’ve noticed Vespas and other similar makes all over DC, especially near my DuPont/Farragut office. My work commute is a bit long and while I don’t mind taking the bus or ubering (or walking, which is what I tend to do), I wouldn’t mind having my own transportation. However, I don’t need a car, at least not at the moment. I’ve looked into the different models and really like the GTS Super 300 because it goes a little faster than some of the other models and I could potentially use it to visit my family in the VA suburbs. I know I need a special license for it and looked into insurance too but I have questions about people’s experience with them but don’t know anyone who has one and the articles/threads I’ve found aren’t recent.
Some questions I have are: (more…)
So now we have to put up with these things in traffic? This dude rode his scooter down Massachusetts in front of me from Garfield to the British embassy. During rush hour. He went about 15mph or so, which was fine when traffic was slowing for a light. But less fine when some people were driving 30mph.”
Another reader writes:
“While we’re talking about scooters… can we talk about how they DON’T belong in the road?! Every day when I bike home down M Street, I have to dodge scooters wobbling and weaving down the street. Those things are not fast enough to be on the road.”
Ed. Note: We used to have these very rants about bicycles not too long ago. So, more bike lanes the answer?
Thanks to Rob for sending:
“Spotted inside the Giant at 8th and O NW on Wednesday afternoon. He just scooted right on in through the front door and up to the hot bar! Totally normal!”
Jonathan asks The Bird:
What happened to your scooters in DC? Rode one on Saturday but the app has shown none in the city since yesterday evening.”
Liz has an idea:
“People are just stashing them in their homes…”
Update: The man in the deleted photo tells me that he contracts for Bird and was just charging the scooter overnight.
Thanks to Doug for sending word about another E Scooter option: “the original scooter share from out west, @BirdRide, just dropped a bunch of them around 14/U NW”
I spotted the guy above in Navy Yard. The bird follows Waybots and the Lime Scooters.
— Bird (@BirdRide) March 29, 2018
Or rejoice. I’m willing to give them a try and we’ll definitely be revisiting in a few weeks to get some reviews. Thanks to Katie for sending from 14th and R Street, NW. I spotted these guys in Adams Morgan. Anyone happen to take a ride already from these guys or the previously introduced waybots?