My first electric scooter ride
by Rob Tiller
I took some close-ups of Sally’s new orchid on Saturday morning, and then went for my first electric scooter ride. The little scooters arrived in Raleigh recently, and I’ve been thinking they might be a good solution for my commute, which is too short for a car, but not a pleasant walk when it’s hot and humid. So I downloaded the Bird app, which indicated there was free machine two blocks from me.
I unlocked the scooter with my cell phone with no problem. It didn’t do anything at first when I pushed the throttle, but I eventually figured out that you need to push off with a foot before the motor will engage. I was a little wobbly for the first minute. But I soon got the hang of it, and it wasn’t long before i was going full throttle (about 15 MPH).
It was fun! On my first ride, I scooted quietly through the Cameron Park and Oakwood, and the trees smelled wonderful. I also went downtown and stopped near the Convention Center, where the Supercon convention had drawn a lot of young people in fantastic costumes.