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On 6/1/2019 at 7:07 AM, Niner National said:

I bought a swagtron scooter that looks like the birds for $250. I have about 120 miles on it so far and seems to have no issues. Unless you just don't want to take a scooter into your workplace its a good option for someone commuting the distance you are going.

Is yours still holding up well? Which model did you get? Thanks!

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7 minutes ago, cjolley92 said:

Is yours still holding up well? Which model did you get? Thanks!

So far so good. I think it is called a swagger 5? Coming up on 200 miles now. Starting to rattle some but I think that's because I have a flat spot on the tire frim sliding when I pulled the break hard.

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Would be nice if they kept at least some bikes. 

The new Lime scooters are way bigger and beefier. Haven't tried one yet but it looks like it should be a much more stable ride.

 

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10 hours ago, TheOneRJ said:

The bikes were much more useful than the scooters. 

and they didn't have that ridiculous 9pm cutoff time....

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Didn't they pull the bikes because no one rode them as soon as the scooters were released?

I ended up buying my own scooter as well after realizing how much they cost and I'm substantially less sweaty getting to work in the mornings.

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21 hours ago, Mgelbach said:

Didn't they pull the bikes because no one rode them as soon as the scooters were released?

I ended up buying my own scooter as well after realizing how much they cost and I'm substantially less sweaty getting to work in the mornings.

How/where do you store it after arriving at work?

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Saw a guy on a scooter hauling A** down Poplar t-bone a Dodge Charger a few weeks back.  You would have thought it was a car that hit the Charger by the way it sounded.

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8 hours ago, Matthew.Brendan said:

How/where do you store it after arriving at work?

I just park it out of the way by the front door, there's only about 13 people where I work and no one minds it. Haven't taken it grocery shopping or to a restaurant yet though.

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9 hours ago, Matthew.Brendan said:

How/where do you store it after arriving at work?

I am looking at the fold-up kind, so it becomes like rolling luggage.

2 hours ago, King of the Queen City said:

I have love/hate feelings with these guys. They drive by my home all the time.

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Yesterday at 6:10am I saw two different scooters in Ballantyne in the bike lane on 40mph roadways.  Both wearing all dark clothing.  Madness.

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2 hours ago, grodney said:

Yesterday at 6:10am I saw two different scooters in Ballantyne in the bike lane on 40mph roadways.  Both wearing all dark clothing.  Madness.

Not that different than people jogging in the bike lane in dark clothing or riding a bike in the bike lane in dark clothing. '

People don't follow best safety practices all the time.  About 9% of drivers in North Carolina self report they don't wear seat belts and are just waiting to get thrown through the windshield, break their neck, and bleed out in the road.

Drive around at night and it appears about 5% of people don't know their car has head lights or tail lights and they just cruise around in a black car with no lighting. 

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1 hour ago, CLT2014 said:

Not that different than people jogging in the bike lane in dark clothing or riding a bike in the bike lane in dark clothing. '

 

That's true....but I've never seen anyone jogging in the bike lane of these roads.  And bikes generally have reflectors.....not that I've seen any/many bikes at that hour, either.

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I thought we had a lot of scooters till I went to Austin... Scooters and Bikes EVERYWHERE, and they seem to be used a lot less often than in Charlotte, unless our scooter policy of trying to optimize the number actually works! But it was nice to have the JUMP bikes seemingly everywhere. I even liked them better than our old LimeBikes. Agreed, bring back bikes, or get Charlotte B-Cycle to do dockless ebikes like CitiBike provider Lyft/Motivate does.

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Did Bcycle ever expand? I know they got at least two grants to fund big expansions since they opened but I have seen any new stations other than where apartment developers bankrolled one.

seems like the might become viable with double (?) the number of stations and different pricing models.

This really is an example of why private vendors are really crappy mobility providers. All the private dockless  bikeshare disappeared after the companies decided scooters are better (and after they did heavy damage to Bcycle). Unfortunately scooters are a poor mobility option due to the 9pm cutoff.

Uber and Lyft are doing the same thing to transit. I call BS.

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1 hour ago, kermit said:

Did Bcycle ever expand? I know they got at least two grants to fund big expansions since they opened but I have seen any new stations other than where apartment developers bankrolled one.

seems like the might become viable with double (?) the number of stations and different pricing models.

This really is an example of why private vendors are really crappy mobility providers. All the private dockless  bikeshare disappeared after the companies decided scooters are better (and after they did heavy damage to Bcycle). Unfortunately scooters are a poor mobility option due to the 9pm cutoff.

Uber and Lyft are doing the same thing to transit. I call BS.

I don't think they have--as far as I know--and agreed about private vendors, but they still exist in other cities, not sure if that's dictated by rules or by the market.

Would be nice to see some more beef in the bcycle system. I've not joined because the areas you can go are still quite limited. Some dockless bikes in their system would be a game changer. Are the bcycle membership/usage stats available anywhere? I've never been able to find them.

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