Just got home from work riding my new kick scooter. My adrenaline is still rushing through me.
As I mentioned on my previous post, I just got myself an electric kick scooter. So I wanted to experience for myself where it’s practical to use and where it’s not.
From the onset, I pretty much think it wouldn’t be practical to be riding it to work 8.5km from my home, coz then I would have to take another shower when I get to work, which means I have to bring extra clothes and stuff, and that’s too much of a hassle for me. Unlike jogging or cycling to work, at least the calories I burn could compensate for the hassle.
Since it’s a public holiday tomorrow, I decided to bring my kick scooter to office by cab and ride it home from work.
As a disclaimer, I do not have the best balance in the world. My balance may even be classified as less than average.
Hubby wasn’t so optimistic with riding home on a scooter so I decided to do it myself. He would go home by MRT, and I would go home by scooter and see our times.
It was a fun ride all in all. It took me 70 mins to complete 8.5Km. That comes out to about an average of 7.3Kph. A seasoned runner would probably be faster than that.
There were a lot of waiting for traffic lights. I mapped my ride so that I didnt have to cross the road so often. But I think the side walk I chose was more populated. I probably should try the sidewalk on the opposite side of the road next time for comparison. And there are some people who really don’t like to give way despite seeing oncoming traffic. They just walk around in slow motion in the middle of the lane, looking at the stars, fixing their hair. Well, that’s life. Good for them.
I was wearing 2 inch heels. It didn’t really make a difference to me, except when I’m trying to stop myself from crashing or running after my scooter coz my stupid thumb wouldn’t let go of the accelerator.
I figured since I would be on the sidewalk running at the same speed as some joggers would that I didn’t need a helmet. But I know now that on downhill roads, I have to really control the speed because the scooter could accelerate quite fast just from gravity and it’s easy to get it out of control. If it gets out of control, then you’d wish you had a helmet or knee pads at least.
When I got to the part of the park connector where there weren’t so many joggers, I tried going all out for speed and my scooter reached a maximum of 22kph though the specs said 23-24kph max speed. It was a good ride but it’s probably only good for isolated park connectors where the road is well paved, and there’s hardly any people.
I guess the regenerative braking is working too coz my battery level is still the same as when I started.
So if you found yourself here because you saw a silly awkward woman riding an electric scooter along Yio Chu Kang road, that was me. I think I almost crashed 3 times coz when I start to panic, I press on the accelerator instead of the brakes and I end up running after my scooter. I hope looking silly doesn’t merit me getting stomped, though haha.
Am I going to do that again? Not routinely, I think. I don’t think the wheels of the scooter can take the beating either. This scooter is really a last mile solution – 2-4 km on normal sidewalks, longer on park connectors.