Check out my new ride! No, it's not the Maserati Ghibli, that's my neighbor's new car. It's the Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter.
A few months ago I got a Razor E200 scooter to cut my commute from 15 minutes walking to less than 10.
Then my company moved and my commute got a tad longer (25 minutes walking, a little over 10 minutes with the E200). The extra couple of minutes wasn't a big deal, except now I was getting passed by all these bikers in the bike lane (before I was mostly on the sidewalk because my route didn't have a dedicated bike lane like the new route) and I hated being the slow guy in the bike lane. Thought about getting the E300 for a little extra speed but then decided to go all out with the EcoSmart Metro to also carry Cassie, my 7-month old Boston Terrier puppy, around.
Unfortunately the luggage rack and basket assembly isn't very stable and sturdy. Good enough for a bag of groceries but not for your puppy. I checked out some traditional bike baskets but because the EcoSmart Metro is not a typical bicycle those baskets don't really fit. Then I stopped by the Container Store and found this crate/basket thing that fits perfectly on the standing board. A few zip ties and the basket is very secure and stable. To make sure Cassie doesn't jump out I just tether her down with one of those dog car seat seatbelt strap.
We took our first ride to the dog park today. Normally it's a pain in the ass because I have to deal with the 5 PM commute traffic, parking, etc. Not with the EcoSmart Metro. Took us 15 minutes, mostly because I was going very slow to not scare her. Should be able to get it down to about 10 minutes. Cassie was definitely a little scared but I'm sure she'll get used to it, especially once she realizes that scooter ride = dog park.
Overall I'm pretty happy with the EcoSmart Metro. There's definitely some quality issues (missing bolt on the luggage rack, seat came lose after a few days) but for the price I can't really complain. It's not fast fast, but fast enough to go in the bike lane comfortably. Not as light/portable as a regular bike, but hey, no pedaling! I'm finding myself using the EcoSmart Metro more and more. Trips to Trader Joe's, trips to Pet Food Express, trips to Suchada Thai Massage. Basically anywhere within a couple of miles. So convenient. No need to warm up the car, find parking, worrying about door dings, etc.
The electric scooter revolution is here!