Modes of Transportation

In every city there is an area that is considered the “downtown” area with a busy main street or streets.  I consider High Street here in Columbus to fit perfectly into that category.  It is almost always busy and congested (especially with the construction that’s been going on for centuries now – jk)  saving for the very early or the very late at night hours.  But what’s interesting is all the ways people get to and fro on this and many other streets.

Of course there are cars, taxis, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, skateboarders and the occasional trolley – actually I’m not sure if that one runs anymore – but now there is an influx of these rent a bikes, the pedal party wagons and electric scooters.

I don’t think you’ll ever catch me on one of those scooters but I might try a rent a bike.  Just my opinion, but what were they thinking having those city bikes in NYC?  That’s just nuts!  They appear to be popping up all over the world now; not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.  Do they have those ubiquitous rental bikes and scooters in your area and have you ever dared to try one?

Teri  📷

The Ducati in color with the answer to where does she put her feet.

Electric city bikes.

 

Those scooters.

 

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13 Responses to Modes of Transportation

  1. Pit says:

    In many of the big cities I would not like to ride a bicycle: too dangerous. But Austin here in TX, for example, sure is better, with many dedicated bike lanes. And that is what is really missing here in the US in many (big) cities. It’s not just a question of providing rental bikes. Bicyclists need the appropriate infrastructure. Btw, pedestrians do, too, as do those new-fangled little electric motor scooters. Just look at the last of your pictures: that broken-up and potholed pavement of the sidewalk is an absolute disgrace.

    • There are bike lanes all over the place here too. We have a very bike friendly city but those scooters zip in and out of everywhere from sidewalks to street and back again. I even saw a crash between a kid on one and a pedestrian. That last photo isn’t bad as the area is under a lot of construction and there are some areas that are much less smooth.

      • Pit says:

        I was going too much just by the pictures here. When I checked on Google maps I saw that Columbus really has a lot of bicycle lanes and bicycle friendly streets. And on the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s website I found out that you have quite a few fantastic trails to ride.
        I agree about the scooters:they simply “scoot” too much and too fast, and thus can be a danger to pedestrians.mI’ve noticed that in San Antonio, too.
        Thanks for the explanation about the sidewalk in the last picture.

      • Cool! You googled Columbus 🙂 When I lived in Missouri I only saw bikes on the trails and in parks so when I moved here it was a culture shock to see so many people zipping around on bikes on big streets.

      • Pit says:

        Well, I had googled Columbus long before for it’s bicyling opportunities, planning one of our “RailTrailsRoadTrips”, but then we ended up with Cincinnati and the Little Miami Scenic Trail [https://wp.me/p4uPk8-1zN] on our roadtrip last year. That was the farthest (north) we got.

      • Try the Katy Trail in Missouri. You would love it!

      • Pit says:

        I already did a part of the Katy Trail [https://wp.me/p4uPk8-Vc], and I can only agree with you: I loved it.

      • I’ve never ridden the trail but used to walk on a part of it that was in St. Charles often when I lived there.

      • Pit says:

        Mary and I enjoyed the part we rode a lot.

  2. Timothy Price says:

    We have the rent-a-bikes downtown, but I haven’t seen the scooters. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone riding the bikes, but I’ve read in local papers that the companies that have provide the bikes consider them a success in Albuquerque. I wouldn’t use either of them. When we were in Paris, France last summer, people abandoned the bikes and scooters wherever they ran out of time or fore whatever reasons. Many of the bikes and scooters ended up in the Seine. I’ve read that wild and inconsiderate riders, and abandoned scooters are a real problem in many communities in the US, especially in California.

    • We’ve laughed at how far and in some weird places some of those bikes and scooters end up from where they were originally rented when the user was done with them. But still the trend of offering/using them seems to be growing. Just not my thing.

  3. David P. says:

    The scooters are a public safety nightmare down in SoCal. People have died or been seriously injured. They are left abandoned on private property and public right of way. They block driveways, sidewalks and handicap access. The companies that operate the scooters and electric bikes have been unwilling to cooperate with local officials to address these issues. Some communities have banned them outright. I saw a scooter collide with a car just yesterday. They go too fast and recklessly swerve through crowds of pedestrians. A towing company has started to confiscate the scooters right off the street. So far they have warehoused 40,000 scooters. The companies can reclaim them for a fee, but have chosen not to. Their supply line to China keeps sending more to replace the ones impounded. Millennials love the scooters, but they totally ignore all safety regulations. They’ve run me off the sidewalk and just laughed. I HATE the stupid things!

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