Monday, February 17, 2014

Scooter Road

I've never heard anyone say "hold your speed", but it makes sense to me. It might even be a principle of Taipei riding.

Here's a sample of the scooters and bikes of every sort that I stumbled upon while walking the back alleys and boulevards over the last month.

This red Vespa serves the same purpose as these potted plants: to stop people from parking in front of someone's home.

A sporty three-wheeler with priority parking.

Another place-saver, with painted spots to deter thieves. As if.

Not the electric scooter I would choose for myself, but I think this is the minivan of scooters, with space for three, a basket, hooks to dangle bags from, and a color scheme inspired by Barbi's Corvette.

A Vespa with its own oil stain, probably not the only older model with this distinction.

A dandy electric waiting at the door.

Riding a scooter in heavy traffic is like dancing, at least that's what the manufacturers want us to think.

The next two scooters were just meters apart. The first is a Turword, which doesn't make any sense and must be a misspelling. I got a photo, walked a few meters, and found the next scooter, a Forward. Then it clicked. The first one was a counterfeit of the second.

An accident at Heping E. Road and Anhe Road. Scooter parts are scattered on the roadway. And the rider stayed on his ass for a few minutes, as one should, in order to increase the compensation the driver will be asked to pay. I didn't see it happen, but it was likely that the woman turned left without a turn light and hit the scooter. It's a common cause of scooter accidents.

A recycling trike outside a convenience store in Tienmu.

Teaching kids that scooters are toys.

An improvised splash guard, an idea I've considered many times.

 A three-wheeler looking older than its years.