DailyDirt: Rideables Aren't Quite Ready To 'Change Lives, Cities And Ways Of Thinking'

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Personal transportation comes in an ever-growing number of forms these days. Sure, we’ve had bikes and scooters and skateboards for a while, but now we can add motors (and the internet?) to anything with wheels. This progress could be revolutionary, but so far, no one has lived up to the Segway hype of changing how city planning is done.

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Uriel-238 (profile) says:

$500 can get you a pretty sweet bicycle

And by pretty sweet bicycle I mean one that is a joy to ride up and down most of the hills in San Francisco.

With that price point, I’m not sure if I’m ready to spend $900-1500 on something motorized until I actually have a physical mobility problem that prevents me from riding a $500 bicycle.

I expect in time, these devices are going to get better and cheaper, so I’m not an early adopter but I may be late morning adopter.

Derek Kerton (profile) says:

Re: $500 can get you a pretty sweet bicycle

As an owner of electric bikes, IoHawn, and a OneWheel skateboard, let me add some info on this:

“physical mobility problem that prevents me from riding a $500 bicycle.”

While the devices reduce the amount of exercise the rider gets, they are fun. This SEEMS to be a possible opening for people with mobility problems, and I’ve had a few such people approach me to discuss my devices.

The problem is that, while physically easy to ride, the devices REMAIN physically demanding in peak-load surges. That is, they require balance and smooth roadways, and when those are compromised, sudden falls WILL occur. Your ability to survive those falls is dependent on physical athletic ability.

I’ve seen my devices cause all sorts of injuries to me and others. I figure it’s worth it — many sports I play cause me a variety of injuries, this is no different. But here is an important piece of knowledge that one only learns from experience with these motorized scooters:

Any fall you endure is complicated and accelerated by the device. Consider that, as you fall, your feet are still giving the device “instructions” with their angle or lean. This means that, as you fall, the device responds by accelerating one way or the other. This introduces a faster fall, and often a twist with the fall. A simple forward fall where your natural reflexes tell you to put your hands in front of you can rapidly become a backwards fall onto your tailbone or head. Or a simple loss of balance can turn into a twisting wreck. Seen it happen; sent at least one friend to the hospital.

Anonymous Coward says:

Bad news, everyone! Looks like Pirate Mike has given up posting at SuprBay! (As predicted.) Let's just hope that the near two-week pause ends soon...

Last post of the year-long experiment was on July 25. 879 posts * estimated 75 page views each = 65,925, or around the number of page views that Techdirt claims (or used to) for just one day. I doubt brought a single new reader, so likely nothing for all that effort.

Now, ain’t it odd that by me trying to promote him on his home turf, he’s up and run off from SuprBay? This here two-way internets thang still has some surprises for you kids, eh?

Anonymous Coward says:

Horrible news, everyone! Looks like Pir ate Mi ke has given up posting at SuprBay! (As predicted.) Let's just hope that the near two-week pause ends soon...

Last post of the year-long experiment was on July 25. 879 posts * estimated 75 page views each = 65,925, or around the number of page views that Techdirt claims (or used to) for just one day. I doubt brought a single new reader, so likely nothing for all that effort.

Now, ain’t it odd that by me trying to promote him on his home turf, he’s up and run off from SuprBay? This here two-way internets thang still has some surprises for you kids, eh?


Lucky this will continue to be topical, as trouble getting it in!

Anonymous Coward says:

City planning is already a joke

For all the talk of making cities more pedestrian/bicycle friendly the reality is that cities are still centered on automobiles. Sidewalks are still too narrow for pedestrians let alone anything wheeled. Even Las Vegas’ strip sidewalks are too narrow for what they have. And any form of mass transit is only useful for rigid schedules; you’ll find a lot of employers and employees demanding flexible schedules. And even with rigid schedules if mass transit takes 3x or longer to get there than a personal conveyance, guess what? Personal conveyance wins.

And I haven’t even gotten to zoning issues; I’ll save that for another time.

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