In the summer of 2017 I noticed something about myself. Riding a bicycle made me more cheerful than riding a bus to work.
On a bus, there’s a inner battle to account for the other travelers needs and expectations. There’s many unwritten rules on how to ride together on a bus. The seats are always taken. You have to dance. Many times you have not practiced for the dance, and sometimes you are too tired to dance.
The world morphs into something strange on a bus. We have to become comfortably numb.
So how about some nonsocial transient behavior this morning, sir?
Enter LEV - Lightweights electric vehicles.
I bought a Segway Ninebot ES2 electric kick scooter, with the plan of letting it pay for itself by not paying for public transport. In Oslo, this requires about 12 months of fair weather (accounting inflation).
Riding a LEV somewhat close to the experience of downhill skiing. Meaning, you will probably love it.
It expands your world too.
I can feel a change in my brain. I get to know the city. Get a knack for looking for waypoints. Having a inner map. This is what unlimited mobility can give you. Unlike walking, you have absolutely no natural inhibiton for taking the scenic route.
After 4 weeks, I start to know the streets. I’m convinced this must be something similar to London cab drivers change in the brain.
Is Segway Ninebot ES2 worth the price? Yes. It’s certainly worth more than a vacation to another city.
If you can get something cheaper, like the Xiaomi M365, it’s a no-brainer.
Get a LEV.
Welcome to the micromobility era.