While in Europe, I was amazed by the amount of people riding in ridiculous vehicles (a term coined by my very good friend Gonzalo). Don’t get me wrong, but honestly, we don’t see as much as variants of scooters or bikes here in Argentina. In fact, I don’t even remember an adult driving in a scooter in my whole life, but in Europe is a behaviour completely normal and understandable.
Zürich, for example, is a small city that strongly encourages you to drive in your scooter. Great streets, short distances, no hikes… it’s almost a paradise. Pretty much like in Berlin or Amsterdam, where you can rent a bike and spent the day biking safely in the special biking paths.
I was completely amazed with this idea; so I bought my own scooter. Exactly, a Micro Scooter Flex, which has a fiberglass deck that absorbs the bumps and provides a smooth ride.
The Micro Scooter Flex, a foldable, smooth ride scooter.
The question is: does it work in Argentina? Although people still look at me as the freak guy in the scooter (“how can be possible that an adult could ride in that” they may think) I enjoy every ride I make. The streets are not so good compared to those in Europe, but at least I can ride safely in my own neighborhood and visit my friends, say, in a radius of ten blocks from my apartment. Sometimes I get into the town center with my scooter, and when I need to get back home in the bus, I just fold it up in less than 10 seconds. Swiss precission.
So, it’s definitely a worthwhile experience. And also a very healthy one. For those of us who don’t need a car, riding a scooter is funny, and I think even funnier than riding a bike.