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Old 12-03-2014, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Southeast, where else?
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It seems to me that for certain parts of the city, Mopeds would have a higher adoption rate than they have so far. They do make sense for quite a few people. Between casual errands, light commutes, inner-city driving they have a.....place?

I see them with the younger crowd but, as you watch other countries (Italy, Spain, etc) it seems that they are able to make them work (I know their fuel is much higher and their streets much narrower almost forcing the issue).

They are cheap, average 75-150mpg and have accessories for storage and what have you. Outside of inclement weather days, it seems it would be a feasible transportation alternative/augmentation for many but, we just can't seem to either add them to bike lanes or shoulders for an alternative to cars.

Is it even possible to really push the idea successfully here in Atlanta? Miami? Charlotte? Nashville? Cheap transportation. For half your needs, it's more than enough.
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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As someone who is planning on moving to Atlanta, I considered this very thing. The problem is all the OTHER people on the road posing a danger to mopeds. If people in their gigantic behemoth SUVs would demonstrate a bit more intelligence, and a bit less self-absorption, the idea of riding mopeds around town would take off big time.

Because of the traffic there, and the consistent reports of vehicles running red lights and turning when and where they shouldn't, I've decided against buying a moped. Now I just need to try to find affordable housing nearby a MARTA station. If that doesn't pan out... I may very well be adding another vehicle to the Atlanta roads in the near future. But not because I want to.

If only people would embrace public transportation more.
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Old 12-03-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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For a pretty a big chunk of Atlanta proper, like ITB and surrounding neighborhoods, a moped would work just fine. I see people driving them all the time.

The big problem I see is that it just rains too much here.
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Old 12-03-2014, 01:42 PM
 
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mopeds work fine for certain intown areas but there a few big downsides to widespread adoption

exposed to weather

really easy to steal

much less safe than a car

more polluting

only useful in a limited area

etc etc
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Old 12-03-2014, 04:55 PM
 
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It doesn't seem like they would cause more pollution at all. They use so much less gas and material than cars it seems like any differences in lifespan or exhaust systems would be negated. I could be wrong of course, but I'd have to see evidence.
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Old 12-03-2014, 04:59 PM
 
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I guess there is a sort of culture clash with things like this in Atlanta and elsewhere. I've definitively seen numbers of scooters rise a lot in recent years, but there are too many large vehicles for a lot of people to be comfortable. It would help to continue implementing traffic calming measures on major thoroughfares.
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Old 12-03-2014, 05:12 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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In European countries where they're popular, they're restricted to parks. They weren't intended to be ridden in major traffic. That's part of the problem. If there were bike lanes, that could work.
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Old 12-03-2014, 05:17 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU
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I saw many in my college town which was interesting seeing the contrast between them and the huge Texas sized trucks.
It was perfect for the smaller city. Cheap, cheaper to run, little maintenance.
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:54 PM
 
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If anyone buys one, please let me know. I would like to take out a life insurance policy on you.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:44 AM
 
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It doesn't seem like they would cause more pollution at all. They use so much less gas and material than cars it seems like any differences in lifespan or exhaust systems would be negated. I could be wrong of course, but I'd have to see evidence.
Taking into consideration the entire lifecycle and resources used to produce a car vs a moped, the moped probably does come out ahead.

The effect of widespread adoption of mopeds on air quality would be a whole different story though. You cant buy a car without a catalytic converter but I can go on craigslist today and choose any one of dozens of two stroke mopeds which just dump particulate into the air at rates which havent been allowed on cars for decades.
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