Having a scooter in a city, such as DC, is a lifestyle choice. It means freedom, adventure, and the utmost convenience! And the start of the summer is the ideal time to embrace a scooter life!
Don’t think it’s possible to have fun AND save money and time?! Think again! Traveling by scooter is the fastest way to get around and gives you endless options as you can change your mind or whip a u-turn in a flash and scoot over to the other side of the city. Single tracking, delays, “rush hour” prices, waiting around, then packed like sardines all sound familiar? Drive a scooter and you won’t have to deal with the madness that can be public transportation; you won’t have to waste hours of your life sitting in traffic or spending astronomical amounts of money on gas and parking, but rather you will be able to go where you want, when you want, and arrive in style.
Yes, I am a scooter aficionado, and I would highly recommend one to everyone! Read below for the most frequently asked questions that I receive as a veteran scooter driver in D.C.!
Q: How much money does having a scooter REALLY save?
A: If you look at a car, not even taking into account the purchase price, but the amount one spends on gas, parking, and insurance, you are easily looking at $500 or more per month! Or you look at public transportation, and just going to and from work 5 days a week especially with “rush hour” prices, you are paying well over $100 each month. A scooter does not incur any parking costs, and it only costs about $3-$4 a week! So I only spend about $15 a month!!
Q: What do you wear/you wear THAT?!
A: I wear whatever I am wearing during the day (yes, including my heels), and I just hop on. That’s the beauty of a scooter, and how it is different than a motorcycle because you don’t need to shift or use your feet, as it only requires the hands to accelerate and brake. So, it’s perfect for commuting to work.
Q: What do you do when it rains? Do you drive when it’s cold?
A: Yes, I drive in the rain. Wind is worse than rain to drive in as it blows things at you, and you can feel more unsteady. You just need to go slower during bad weather and be careful turning corners. I wear a poncho over my clothes when it rains that I keep in the scooter, and if it’s really downpouring, I just wait it out until it subsides a bit. In the winter, I bundle up and drive when the temperature is about 40 degrees and above. I do not drive when there is actual snow on the streets.
Q: What kind of gas mileage does a scooter get?
A: For example, a Buddy Genuine Scooter gets about 90-100 MPG, and the tank is just over a gallon so essentially it gets about 100 miles a tank or 100 miles for $3! So that’s how you are only spending a few dollars a week even taking into account driving for fun in addition to commuting to work.
Q: Where do you park in the city?
A: I park on the sidewalk and lock it up to the nearest bike rack or sign post I can find. And you can park right in front of or close to your destination. It’s like VIP parking every time!
Q: Is there enough realistic storage space for errands or groceries in the city?
A: There is a trunk in the back, space under the seat, and a hook and a compartment at my feet, so there is plenty of space for whatever adventure you go on!
Q: Where can I buy one in the D.C. area?
A: There are a number of scooter shops in the city, but I personally like College Scooters in College Park, MD for the vast array of brands, models, and gear that they carry!
Courtesy of College Scooters, College Park MD (Just 5 miles from the DC Line)
Current cost of a Buddy 125 is $2949 including Freight and Prep (Plus Registration Fee’s). Our number one seller, however, is the Buddy 50 since you do not need a motorcycle license to drive it in DC, can LEGALLY park it on the sidewalk, and goes fast enough to scoot around anywhere in DC (top speed is about 48 mph). The Buddy 50 is just $2249 including Freight and Prep (plus Registration Fees). Also, we have scooters in all shapes and sizes from 50cc – 300cc to fit any riding style or customer! Also, insurance is usually only about $10-$20/month vs much higher on a car, and factored in with FREE parking the savings can be HUGE!
Visit College Scooters to find your new scooter!