When people try scooting, they rarely ask me about the negatives. Usually they are trying the E-Skoot for the first time, and that is a remarkable experience. For someone who hasn’t been on one before, it’s like nothing they have ever tried before.
So they tend to be in ‘Wow’ mode while they are trying out the E-Skoot, and it doesn’t come up. But there are ups and downs to everything, and in this case, the downs are that the E-Skoot cannot fulfill all your motoring needs. It will not, for example, allow you to bring your family on a Sunday outing.
I did a piece on the E-Skoot for The Sunday Independent recently and they did a little re-writing in the process. Normally, as Hall and Oates once said “I can’t go for that, no can do”, but this time I decided to let it go.
The word they wanted to insert was ‘eccentric’ – as in, if you didn’t mind driving this E-Skoot thing around “looking a bit eccentric”, then the scooter was fine. “Eccentric” has not been my experience though.
There has been much debate in recent days in Ireland about new laws designed to make cyclists more compliant with the rules of the road. Introduced by Minister Pascal Donohoe, the law calls for a €40 fine for cyclists who break red lights, travel on footpaths and travel the wrong way up a one-way street.
The restriction on cyclists being on footpaths has been limited though, because it is thought that sometimes, for safety reasons, cyclists need to mount footpaths (for example in school environments). So they have limited that law and handed it over to Garda discretion by creating the offence: “Cyclists driving a pedal cycle without due consideration for others”.
The main purpose of the E-Skoot, its raison d’etre, is that when you combine it with public transport you can easily travel to a much wider range of locations. This makes it a very environmentally sound proposition, but also a very handy one.
Last night I put this theory into practice. My goal was to attend a music session with two friends of mine who play in the group, Old Hannah. (This is their latest single ‘West’)
The only problem with this is that they were playing in The Beerhouse on Capel Street and I live near the Cherrywood Roundabout in Cabinteely, 17 km away.