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March 21, 2012
CBS6 story


The Shell station’s sign said $4.259. For regular. The station across the street (which usually has the lowest prices in Bellingham) upped its price to $3.999 $4.039 (yes, the price changed between the time I wrote this post and the time I published it).

The local TV station, KVOS, hasn’t really been “local” for quite a while. So, nobody in the ‘Ham will get 15 seconds of TV fame for riding a scooter. On the upside, we are spared the usual cringe-worthy story about how SCOOTERS GET GREAT GAS MILEAGE!

Happily, CBS6 in Richmond, Virginia aired a story about scooters that was actually, uh, informative. Check it out after the jump.

You can see the video and read the story by clicking here. Most such stories spend about 10 seconds on the gas mileage aspect and the remaining 80 seconds breathlessly reporting that SCOOTERS ARE DANGEROUS!!! Which, if you ride like a moron, they most certainly are.

This story was produced by Alix Bryan, she of the P.E.A.C.E. Scooter ride of 2007-08. And most of the piece is an interview with Chelsea Lahmers, the owner of Scoot Richmond, a scooter dealership run right.

As Chelsea observes, most scooter dealers’ business rises and falls with the price of petrol. But meaningful changes in peoples’ transportation habits will require the price hitting some pain point and staying there.

Most people seem to be getting used to what has become an annual spike in gas prices. People who feel confident enough about their financial situation are buying fuel-efficient new cars: Bellingham is very much Priusville, and lots of new ones have been hitting the street lately, but you’ll also see lots of new Hyundai Accents, Ford Fiestas and other new cars touting ~40 highway mpg.

The scooter boom hasn’t happened. Yet. Favicon

  1. March 22, 2012 8:47 am


    Gas this morning in Vancouver was $1.44/liter ($5.45 per US gallon). The USA has the cheapest gas in the civilized world.

    I don’t understand Hybrids. They consume too many carbon credits to produce, then there’s the problem of disposing of the battery every 7-10 years.

    Riding the Wet Coast

  2. March 23, 2012 6:59 am

    Well, the US has subsidized gas, so there are a few hidden costs that would be nice to eliminate.

    Anyway, We’ll see, for the next few years people may invest in summer rides, scooters and small displacement bikes to roll when the sun is out, the weather is fine and the prices are up. Makes sense. You can’t very well scoot to work (well, you CAN… but…) in the north when it’s good and frozen.

    Behind Bars

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