Scooters Gone from Isla Vista?
By John M, old codger from Isla Vista
I have noticed the number of scooters getting lower and lower in Isla Vista. Recently I saw only one dead Lime leaning against a garbage can in an alley on my walk. It looks as though my adventuring days are over, sigh. At age 80 I wanted to fly along the streets of Isla Vista like/on a Bird. So after three tries, I managed to take off and hurtle down an alley.
I had read the instructions carefully and started reaching for the brake handle to slow down. BUT THERE WAS NO BRAKE HANDLE. So I decided that rather than hitting a wall at 15 mph, I would bail out, so deliberately fell off the scooter.
Later I realized the scooter I had chose had a brake BUTTON, not a handle. Of course, I skinned my knee but now it's healed. My kids have told me I am not allowed to ride a scooter again . I have been tempted but now the temptation has been removed. Where did all the scooters go?
I hope there is scooter heaven somewhere for them to go to. But freedom is back. We can walk the sidewalks again without pushing against the scooter debris. But I am feeling sad. The opportunity for me to hurtle down an alley and skin my knee again is GONE.