17 thoughts on “With a Spin

    • There are lots of scooters. The way it works is you scan the scooter to unlock it, ride it to wherever, and when you are done, scan it to release it and leave where you released it. You pay something like 15ยข a minute to ride them. Every night the Spin people go out and collect the scooters using GPS to locate them, charge the batteries over night, and then put the scooters back out in nice rows on the sidewalks the next morning.

  1. They are a nightmare in San Diego! The sidewalks are cluttered, people are crashing and running into people on sidewalks, it’s a mess! Yet, they offer an alternative to alleviate our traffic congestion, so it’s give and take.

    • Hi Tiffany. I’ve read several articles about the problems with the scooters in California and other places. Albuquerque lowered the speed limit in downtown to 20 mph to try and minimize scooter casualties, but the bus drivers and police believe they are exempt, and go barreling down the streets at 30 to 40 mph. It won’t be long before a city bus smashes into one or more scooter riders, since I’ve already seen people on scooters running red lights oblivious to their surroundings.

  2. I read your comment to tiffany and Susan ; interesting. We have the same topics overhere ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh I love these Tim. Ours are called LIME. You just use your iPhone to ride them. I really want to go do this again. These are really dangerous. But fun at the same time! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Resa. They are kind of silly for short distances, but people don’t like to walk, I guess.

    • HI Julie. Scooter riders don’t know the proper etiquette for passing pedestrians. They just sneak up behind you and buzz you as they slip by without letting you know they are behind you. It’s rather annoying, especially since they should not be on the sidewalks. When I rode bikes if I was on the bike paths I would yell to slower bikes, runners, rollerbladers, etc. as I approached them “On your Left” or “On your Right” so they knew I was passing them. Yesterday morning while I was walking to the office a hear a woman’s voice behind me say “On your left”. Expecting a cyclist or the rare polite scooter rider, it turned out the woman was power walking and was polite enough to let me know she was zooming pqst me in power walk mode. A large, smiley woman snuck up behind me on a Spin scooter on the sidewalk the other day. As she went by I asked if she was having fun. “Oh Yes!” came from her beaming, smiling face. At least she was having fun. Although, she could have used some power walking.

      • What a great reply! Yes they ride them on the footpaths here and apparently they can zoom along at 27km .. way too quick! Yep on your right and left sounds good to me! Iโ€™m a power walking girl ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™‚

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