Ah, I remember (vaguely) commuting downtown on the train, and then seeing folks hop onto bikes and scooters (I fortunately have just a short walk). Thing is, after the pandemic, do you want to take a chance on picking up a bike or scooter from the communal rental stations? If not – and you want to get on your bad motor scooter and ride, then EcoReco might just be of interest.
EcoReco actually had their start a few years back, with a crowd-funded campaign for their first scooter, which itself was an outgrowth of seeing how much they could soup up a kids scooter. While things might be a bit tamer now, their entire scooter lineup can top out at 20 MPH (you can also lock top speed at 12 or 7 MPH, if you like) which seems plenty fast enough for zipping through on the bike lanes (wouldn’t try that speed on sidewalks, no sir).
They’ve got three different lines, actually, and they’re conveniently labelled. You’ve got the S line (good basic all-arounder), the M line (for a more robust build) and then the L line (for performance, which gives you a 22 MPH top speed and more range). Of course, across all of those, you’ve got some differences in battery technology, suspension (full vs just rear), and wheel size/styles (by default, all styles have solid wheels). You can check out a handy comparison chart of the full lineup right here.
Now, myself, I’ve never been much of a one for scooters, due to my own commute patterns, and the fact that I tend to feel entirely too tall for most and having to bend over a bit to grasp the handlebar. So, I honestly can’t say how these compare to other electric scooters out there. They do seem like a handy way to get around the city if you don’t want to rely on in-city mass transit (or rental bikes/scooters). The EcoReco S5 series starts at $599 (which is a discount at the moment), with the M5 hitting $799 and the L5+ coming in at $999 (financing is, of course, available).
If you’re looking for a form of transport to get around, and your local bike shop is sold out (or you just want something a bit less self-propelled), the EcoReco lineup could be what you are looking for. They’ve even got a decent amount of accessories and such that allow you to customize your ride a bit, and even have (as stock) a gadget mount, so you can record yourself zipping around your city. Check out all the details, and order your own, direct from ecorecoscooter.com