On a recent walk to work, a weird thing whizzed by. It looked like a regular kid scooter but fancied up with a motor and, impressively, a seat. It carried a woman, a child in her lap, and a book bag.
A quick online search for "electric sit scooter," turned up a few commercial options that seemed similar. Maybe this woman bought her means of transportation — or maybe she rigged it, or got it rigged. Either way, the efficiency of this presumable commute to school was inspiring.
City commuters around the world face different and sometimes unique hurdles, like paralyzing traffic, washed-out roads or unreliable (non-existent?) public transit to name a few. For many, driving (and sometimes even biking) are not an option for a variety of reasons.
Our friends over at the NPR Cities Project have been exploring the theme of urban transportation in a recent series. And from this techie, geeky corner, we at All Tech are wondering: What cool, alternative ways of getting around the cities are out there?
Show us with your photos: snap pictures of how you, or people around you, get places using means of transportation that are DYI, retrofitted, techie, geeky or just nifty and impressive. Share them with us on Twitter or Instagram by tagging them #NoCarForMe or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will feature some of the wackiest, most-creative commutes on All Tech Considered.
To kick things off, here is Matthew Schwartz from Washington, D.C., testing his new Onewheel hoverboard (which is one of the many Segway-meets-skateboard scooters we've started seeing around):
Share Your Story
What unconventional means of transportation are around you? Share with us by posting a photo on Twitter or Instagram, with a tag #nocarforme and #NPRcities. Or reach us at email@example.com. We'll feature some of the coolest, weirdest findings on All Tech Considered.
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
Buses and cars can feel a bit 20th century. We're curious about some of the more creative means of transportation out there. From our window here at NPR, we've seen three-wheeled motorcycles that look more like a Corvette convertible. There are Segways. There are also Segway-like things without the handles.
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
I see the pedal-powered Trolley Pub where I live.
SHAPIRO: (Laughter) The pedal-powered Trolley Pub.
SIEGEL: It drives - several people pedaling and driving around. What about you?
SHAPIRO: I grew up in Portland, Ore., so of course, we have unicycles and also those old-fashioned bikes with the huge wheel on the front and a tiny wheel on the back.
SIEGEL: Well, what about you out there? What's an alternative form of transportation that you see where you live? We want to hear about it, and we'd love to see it, too.
SHAPIRO: So here's how you share it with us. Tag your photos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #NoCarForMe and #NPRCities. The Cities Project is collaborating with All Tech Considered on this, so you can also go to npr.org/alltech.
SIEGEL: Remember, what we're looking for aren't cars or regular busses but unconventional rides. The hashtags, again, are #NoCarForMe and #NPRCities. We look forward to hearing your stories and seeing your photos. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.