Sunday was the 1st Annual Sustainable West Seattle Festival, devoted to all kinds of ways to help preserve our planet. Alternate transportation is one way and since the Westenders Scooter Club is primarily a West Seattle group, we were asked to set up a booth and show and tell about our 2 wheeled economical fun method of transportation. Our group enjoys riding scooters for myriad reasons; low cost, fun, maneuverability, fun, interaction with our environment as in smelling the neighborhood barbecues, ease of parking, consuming fewer petroleum products, and fun. Did I say fun? There is a new word for all these benefits, and it's called Vespanomics.
To quote a few lines from the Vespanomics web site:
I should quickly point out that Vespa scooters are not mandatory. There are many brands and models from which to choose.
How do I do it? Simple. Get on any of the most technologically advanced, eco-friendly motor scooters and just "twist n' go" to get 70 miles per gallon and go 40 - 100 miles per hour, depending on the model.
Why should I do that? If Americans were to switch just 10% of their total mileage to scooters, they would consume 14 - 18 million gallons less fuel per day and carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by 324 million pounds per day as well. (Source ICR survey, May 2006)
On a personal level, they could also reduce fuel consumption by approximately 58%, carbon dioxide emissions by 80%, and significantly reduce traffic congestion.
So, you might well ask what a guy and his scooter might be doing inside a porta-potty. Changing his oil, perhaps? Getting gas? Well, no. In this case he has his scoot in there "just because he can" and for the silliness of the prank. One of the qualities scooter riders seem to share is a joie de vivre, or love of life. We are silly, spontaneous, quirky, fun loving, and just a little bit crazy. We are also prudent and judicious on the road and obey most of the traffic laws. Our group was recently described by my wife as "a bucket of monkeys". Frankly, I think that's quite apt, and I readily admit enjoying life in the bucket.
For one more example, see how the Westenders Scooter Club supports our world here.