Consider an Adult Kick Scooter for You Daily Commute
If you want green transportation for your daily commute but can’t commit to a bike, think about an adult kick scooter. Here are the best reasons why.
If you’re young enough, you may remember being enthralled by the kick scooter commercial on television back in the early days.
They showed young kids with gleaming helmets doing awesome tricks off of sidewalks and in skate parks. You wanted to be rad just like them.
Maybe when you begged your parents for one you got it or you didn’t. But it was marketed as a kids toy at the time.
Scooters have found their way into mainstream transportation. No longer is it nerdy or weird to be seen on a scooter with a helmet strapped to your noggin.
It’s actually smart.
And you could totally make your daily commute on a scooter.
But why would you want to do that?
And what makes it smart?
Let’s dig in and see.
1. They Are Cheaper Than A Bike
If you’re switching from motorized to non-motorized traffic, you’ve probably been told to get a bike. Why not right? Bikes are pretty fast and much cheaper than a car.
But what if you live only a thirty-minute walk away from work?
Your car probably isn’t very efficient in the city, you’ll still have traffic and parking to deal with. But spending the money to get a bike may be a bit over your budget for traveling such a short distance.
The intermediate solution of a kick scooter might actually make more sense.
If you get a $4 latte every day, then you’re saving 75 lattes. Or the inverse is true. If you give up 75 lattes this year, you could afford a scooter. And the average that Americans spend on coffee each year is a little over $1000 dollars.
So you can save some of that latte money and opt for a scooter instead of a bike for your daily commute!
2. Less Work Than Walking Your Daily Commute
Even if you take public transport, there’s usually a bit of walking involved. You can cut that down to about 1/3 of the time with a kick scooter!
An 180 lb person burns 100 calories per mile while walking.
And an average person in moderate to low exercise mode sweats 0.8-1.4 liters per hour.
Ok, gross. We know. But bear with us here. There’s a point to all this.
When you walk, you sweat, even more in the summer. And you use up a decent amount of energy. And if your daily commute is 2 miles, you’re already needing a snack by the time you get to work if you walk.
If you use a scooter, however, your scooter will drop your effort by at least 2/3. Which means you will sweat less and exert yourself less than on a walking commute.
No more showers when you get to work. And you won’t be tempted to buy a larger breakfast when you arrive.
3. A Kick Scooter Gives You Exercise
We did just finish talking about how it would save you effort. But that’s comparing scootering to walking. But comparing scootering to driving, that’s a whole different ball game.
If you have an office job, you probably don’t move much during the day. Most Americans remain sedentary 21 hours a day. That’s 13 hours of sitting and 8 hours of sleeping.
If you can reverse this trend, you’re doing well. In fact, all you really have to do is stand more. And scooter activity is, you guessed it, standing activity!
You are not only standing on your scooter, you’re pushing off every once in a while to keep yourself going.
You’re getting your blood pumping. And a good healthy heart is the key to avoiding things like stroke and high blood pressure.
4. They’re just as fast as bikes (sometimes)
In a city like New York, there’s plenty of lights to stop at, which makes a big difference in your commute time. When it comes to trips under 3 miles, scooters can actually be just as fast as riding a bike!
While you may not actually be going the same speed as a bike, you’ll find your self catching up to them at all the stop lights.
If you have a multi-modal commute, meaning you take your scooter to the train or bus, you’ll have a much easier time bringing a scooter along for the trip than a folding bike.
For the quick fold and go, a kick scooter will definitely do the job!
5. You Will Contribute To A Greener World
It goes without saying that a person who avoids using a car decreases his pollution.
But imagine if more people chose scootering or biking for their daily commute. Imagine if the whole city decided to give up their cars.
The average American vehicle emits an average of 4.7 metric tons of CO2 per year. The population of NYC as of July 2016 is 8,550,405.
If everyone drove a vehicle (which they don’t) in NYC, that would be over 40 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. That’s over 88 billion pounds if you could condense that.
To put this into perspective, The Empire State Building weighs only 331,000 metric tons.
Even if only 1/3 of NYC drove cars, it would still create 40 Empire State Buildings worth of pollution. That’s how much pollution everybody in NYC not using cars could save every year
Which, Of Course, Leads To Better Health
Not only will you increase your health by scootering, but the decrease in pollution will increase your health.
You can scooter through parks rather than just sticking to streets. You can avoid having to sit in traffic and breathe all those fumes.
Scootering for your daily short distance commute really is the better choice when compared to car travel in the city.
If you’re looking to transform your daily commute, get yourself a kick scooter. NYCeWheels will have all the selection you’re looking for. Check out our scooters today.