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03. 13. 2009

Would you like to zoom around town on a shared scooter?

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I know I would! A design for communal electric scooters for use around towns is the brainchild of Australian Anton Grimes of the University of New South Wales.

The scooters could be retrofitted to existing lamp posts and poles, and come with a helmet and a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour. It's inspired by cycle schemes in places like Paris, Copenhagen and Montreal but the scooters take up less room (and are just more fun, let's face it).

The only trouble is that some people tend not to understand the "shared" "community" or "don't take it home" aspects of such schemes - the otherwise polite people of Cambridge, England, helped themselves to free transport when a similar initiative was launched there (and quickly abandoned) in 1997 and bikes from Paris's cycle scheme have apparently been discovered in Eastern Europe, so security has to be a priority if this scooter scheme is rolled out (excuse the pun) for real.

Via Treehugger.

Posted by Diane    Category: cars | culture | current affairs | design | eco
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