May 13, 2007

Shall I buy a scooter?

Living centrally in Paris, I decided to get rid of my car. Since a few weeks, I have now been walking and using the metro. I'm quite happy with that, but I have some ideas of buying a scooter. There are more and more of them. Sales in France have increased by some 30-40% / year since already some years and obviously even more in the bigger cities like Paris. Soon it may be as difficult to park a scooter as to park a car.

I have not yet taken the decision. As I haven’t been driving a motor-bike or scooter since…, I decided to pay myself a few hours of training in order to see how I feel. Yesterday I made it. It went better than I thought, but I have not yet taken my decision. Maybe some advice? Is it reasonable?

12 comments:

hpy said...

Walking is very good for your health.

April said...

It must be nice in summer and you can't go everywhere on foot or by métro. - But ... isn't it a bit dangerous in Paris, with all that traffic??

lyliane said...

Je pense comme Hélène et April,pour la côte d'azur c'est sympa,mais pour Paris? l'été, ça va mais le mauvais temps l'hiver? tu n'es plus habitué aux froids Suédois!! Quand tu pars en vaçances, loue en un et tu verras.Les conseilleurs ne sont pas les payeurs... dit le proverbe!!

Cuckoo said...

Well, I don't know whether I should say anything or not. When I was in Paris for a few days, I was fascinated by metro & its well connectivity. And other times I used to walk.

Of course, it is different for a person who lives there and scooter might be useful.

Cergie said...

C'est hyper dangereux
Mon mari s'est arrêté avec la voiture à 50 cms de la tête d'un type qui avait glissé en moto et pourtant ce motard était prudent.
Tu n'es pas protégé et on peut te refuser une priorité.

Cergie said...

MAIS il me semble qu'il n'y a que des filles sur ton blog ?
Que fait donc Olivier !
(c'est vrai, il est en week end, comme moi d'ailleurs)

Nathalie said...

Ahhh, quelle question ! Only you can answer that one.

Your idea of taking a few lessons and see how you feel is an excellent one. I hope to hear about your decision later on.

richard said...

Actually I gave up my car when I moved to Switzerland. I can do everything by public transport now. (My family are all grown up otherwise it might be different). Certainly walking is much better for photography and health. How many times do you spot a good photo in the car, but are just unable to stop? Scooter might be better - a bicycle certainly is. However I don't like cycling in cities, especially where there are tramlines. I don't know about a scooter - I think I would feel a bit nervous in the traffic

Patrick said...

So how many lessons did you get? If you feel confortable why not for a while...
But why not a small car as a Mini (an old one of course) or a Fiat Cinquencento... That's easy to park, trendy and fun.

Leena said...

You put exactly the same question as my husband ( about in your age )has made every day since February - but not today!!
Perhaps he has decided not to buy, because the car is much more comfortable :)
Or I hope so.

Peter said...

I don't know if the commenting is now complete. Thanks anyhow! I guess I will make a compromise and start by renting one when on holidays somewhere. Then let's see.

Anonymous said...

My friend and I were recently discussing about how we as a society are so hooked onto electronics. Reading this post makes me think back to that discussion we had, and just how inseparable from electronics we have all become.

I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Ethical concerns aside... I just hope that as technology further innovates, the possibility of transferring our brains onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's one of the things I really wish I could see in my lifetime.

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