July is Transportation Month

6 Jul

This month’s theme is Transportation. Get out your bikes, skateboards, longboards, rollerblades, mopeds and scooters, its summertime!!

 NWW will play host to three guest bloggers, a bicyclist, a scooter driver and a public transit user!

Our first writer is Kaytee Edwards, a summer intern at Mennonite Central Committee who just recently purchased a scooter to get around Saskatoon.  

 Since this month’s theme is on transportation I was asked to write about my current mode of transportation: a Yamaha Vino Scooter!

Please don’t get confused, when I say scooter I’m not talking about this:

But I’m talking about this:

 It’s exhilarating to ride something so fast (well, faster than my bicycle anyways) and exposed. Surprisingly its led me to great conversations, on and off the road. Apparently not a lot of people drive them in the prairies? I wonder why? Could it be we only get four months of good weather if we’re lucky? Is it that the cities are too large and unfriendly to anything other than cars? Or is it that the trend is just beginning due to high gas prices and poor gas mileage? I’m hoping its the latter!

 There are many benefits to driving a scooter:

  • they’re inexpensive: for a used 2005 with 500kms they go for around $2000, and new around $4000 (these prices are based on Yamaha and Honda scooters, Vespas will run around $5500 and up new)
  • After the initial cost you’ll begin to save right away on gas: 90kms/gallon, about $7/100kms. My last fill was $5! With gas prices above $1.15/lt this is a deal!
  • You don’t need a special license for a 50cc! All you need is a class 5 learners so they’re great for anyone just learning to drive.
  • Parking a scooter is super convenient, I sometimes double up with other motorcyclists, saves you on parking!
  • Insurance is much cheaper than a car: online quotes for a popular scooter (a Vespa) and an equally popular car (a Toyota Corolla) were obtained for a 25-year old male with a clean driving record who’s been licensed since he was 20 living in Calgary and Toronto. In both scenarios, the scooter was cheaper to insure then the car; in Calgary it was over $1,000 cheaper, and in Toronto almost $300 cheaper. (kanetix.ca, George Small)
  • A scooter is also an eco-friendlier option than a car. Not only do they use much less gas and you have to fill it less often, but they also require less in the way of production materials. And they emit less in the way of greenhouse gases; however they’re not perfect. A two stroke engine like mine will emit higher rates of smog-producing gases than a car. But a four stroke engine will emit less than a 2 stroke so if you’re buying for the first time, do some research and find out which bikes have four stroke engines and which don’t. It might be more costly but will ease your  eco-conscious heart.

Check out this article for more information about :
Why Commuters choose Scooters

 The thing I love about scooters, other than how much fun they are, is the variety of scooter models available, so many that you are sure to find one that complements your personality. Scooter engine sizes vary from 50 cc – 600 cc and up and models range from mopeds, classic scooter and maxi scooter; and run on both electricity and/or gas.

Jackson Family with thier mopeds Circa 1970

Mopeds are a type of low-powered motorcycle designed to provide economical and relatively safe transport with minimal licensing requirements. Mopeds were once all equipped with bicycle-like pedals (the source of the term, motor + pedal), but moped has been increasingly applied by governments to vehicles without pedals, based on their restricted engine displacement, speed, and/or power output.

Vespa LX 50

 A motor scooter is a motorcycle similar to a kick scooter with a seat, a floorboard and small or low wheels. A scooter is a motorcycle that has a platform for the operator’s feet or has integrated footrests, and has a step-through architecture.

 

 

SYM RV 250

A maxi-scooter or touring scooteris a large scooter, with engines ranging in size from 250 cc up to the latest 839 cc machine and using larger frames than the normal sized scooters.

 
 
So many to chose from!
 
My scooter has brought much joy and adventure into
my summer in Saskatoon. My favorite moment to date was when I was stopped at a red light late at night and a taxi driver and I had a five minute long conversation about the scooter. He asked the regular questions like how fast, how much and where do you get one? Then continued to talk bout his wife and how much she would love one. The light had been green for a while at this point but neither of us seemed to mind. The scooter has been a lot of fun and it would be great to see more on the road.
In the Saskatoon area you can check out Proline Motorsports for new Yamaha Vino models. Enjoy the summer! 
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2 Responses to “July is Transportation Month”

  1. Sharon Pedulla July 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    Hmm it seems like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any suggestions for rookie blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

    • nowastewednesdays August 9, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

      Thank you Sharon! We are also new to the blogosphere but we’re trying our best by connecting wordpress to Twitter and Facebook. Another tip is to read other blogs and post comments, apparently many blog readers also read the comments and stumble upon new sites that way. Happy blogging to you!

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