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Unread 08-31-2008, 10:54 PM
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Location: Oakland, CA
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Default Is owning a scooter dangerous in SD?

Hi San Diegans,

I am comtemplating on getting a scooter to help with the gas and the environment. I got a Mini Cooper, but it's still not good enough. I just need to commute to work which is about 13 miles one way and run errands (all local). Riding a bike is too hard with all the hills. The drivers here are pretty fast drivers going at upwards of 60 mph on surface streets, that's pretty scary. I am starting to see some scooters and smart cars out there, and that's encouraging.

If anyone have any experience of owing a scooter in SD, share your experience.

Thanks!
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Unread 08-31-2008, 10:56 PM
 
Location: southern california
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death wish

per DMV stats
and mandatory drivers training
motorcycle 16 times more prone to fatality than an auto accident.
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Unread 08-31-2008, 11:00 PM
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Location: Oakland, CA
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death wish

per DMV stats
and mandatory drivers training
motorcycle 16 times more prone to fatality than an auto accident.
Huckleberry, can you link me to some stats for SD? I am curious. I would think scooters would be more safe because most riders ride it on surface streets.
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Unread 08-31-2008, 11:19 PM
 
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After living in California for 30 years and owning a scooter (I sold it within six months because of the danger). I would say that it is only a good idea if you are not on any major streets and in this county that would be difficult going that distance. You can try it, but it is a risk because the fact is people just don't pay attention and there is a lot of unlicensed illegal drivers from Mexico without insurance driving around. I am not an alarmist, I am just tired of seeing accidents constantly on the road and hearing about people being killed on bikes and motorcycles because the "sun was in his eyes" or someone was drunk. It seems to be constant.
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Unread 08-31-2008, 11:27 PM
 
Location: southern california
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Huckleberry, can you link me to some stats for SD? I am curious. I would think scooters would be more safe because most riders ride it on surface streets.
nope the DMV stats came from mandatory drivers training (comedy traffic school) was for california at large.
not specific to SD. so i can't conjure up a report for SDC.
but i know SD, deathwish.
grossmont shopping center (east SD) has one of the highest pedestrian car accident rates in the nation. the more you can make like an armadillo in SD the better.

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Unread 08-31-2008, 11:31 PM
 
Location: 96820
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Originally Posted by ubringliten View Post
Hi San Diegans,

I am comtemplating on getting a scooter to help with the gas and the environment. I got a Mini Cooper, but it's still not good enough. I just need to commute to work which is about 13 miles one way and run errands (all local). Riding a bike is too hard with all the hills. The drivers here are pretty fast drivers going at upwards of 60 mph on surface streets, that's pretty scary. I am starting to see some scooters and smart cars out there, and that's encouraging.

If anyone have any experience of owing a scooter in SD, share your experience.

Thanks!
You will freeze your tush when it is 20 below..
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Unread 09-01-2008, 12:15 AM
 
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Very dangerous from personal anecdotal experience of knowing a death from this. If you want to go green, do a hybrid car or the like. Smart car may have better, acceptable government safety ratings but I would not take on highway for sure and to be honest, don't trust period. If you want to exercise, then exercise at the gym, pool, etc.
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Unread 09-01-2008, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo - Kensington
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I've definitely noticed more bicycles on the streets these days, as well. As for SD being scooter friendly? I'd only use one to do local errands but wouldn't use one to commute to work (live in Kensington and work in Sorrento Valley)

I have been trying to ride my bike more often on weekends (Balboa Park, Hillcrest, Downtown, etc) and even that can get nerve racking. It's definitely a great way to get some exercise, though.
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Unread 09-01-2008, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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It's a death wish. Even on surface streets.
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Unread 09-01-2008, 08:20 AM
 
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Yes they are dangerous, talk to any ER physician.
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