It looks like scooters are becoming (literally) the way to go, as far as we’re concerned. I’m still hoping we’ll become a get-everywhere-by-bike family: that the children will build their stamina, that cycling will get safer around here thanks to the Mini-Holland scheme – and that one day we’ll wake up to find that the cycle elves (who have been busy again, providing more cycle parking on the high street) have levelled the hill the children’s school is built on. In the meantime, when we’re not bussing it to school we’re mainly scooting.
We’ve only had scooters since March, when we stayed with a family in Bristol who scoot everywhere – parents as well as kids. Having a go on an adult scooter was a revelation. First, why should children have all the fun? Second, I hadn’t realised that you feel a lot more stable on uneven pavements if you have the kind with big chunky wheels. And the other advantage of scooters over bikes is that if you need to catch a bus somewhere after school you can fold the scooter up and stow it on board (or you can if the little widget that does the folding hasn’t fallen off. Must pop to Skate Attack soon…).
We are now the proud owners of two Micro Flex scooters, designed for grown up commuters, but with handlebars that drop down to child size. That’s me and the Redster sorted. The Cutester’s red Micro Sprite scooter was bought just last week, and she’s like a bloke with his first car, constantly having it washed and waxed. Personally I think it was worth £60 just for the tiny little kickstand…
So this is how she gets around.