Scooters to go
Just in time for this season’s rising
temperatures and soaring gas prices, Scooters to Go has opened in
Lansing, preparing to sell the economic benefits of scooter
transportation to local commuters.
“We’re just trying to help people get
around, anybody that needs to travel a little bit cheaper,” said Dale
Woodyard, owner of Scooters to Go.
When Scooters to Go officially opened for business on March 21, it could not have happened at a more opportune time.
During a period of unusually warm
weather, the store received many inquiries about its scooters,
particularly from Lansing’s student population.
“At Lansing Community College, they are charging $10 a day for parking,” Woodyard said. “We
have a lot of LCC students coming down here because they can park
scooters with the bikes and save money. At $10 a day, the scooter is
going to pay for itself.”
Over the years, scooter travel has transitioned from recreational use to a primary method of transportation.
According to Woodyard, scooter popularity
has particularly increased among Lansing residents looking to avoid
paying high gas prices and parking fees.
“I sold scooters out of this building (in 2009) when it was a fad," Woodyard said.
"Today,scooters are needed as
real transportation. I think people are looking at them as more serious
transportation because of the crisis we are having with gas. Also,
today they are a lot more affordable.”
Scooters to Go carries the popular
scooter brand TaoTao Scooters, which are designed for inner city and
campus commutes. The scooters come in a range of sizes, colors and
prices. The store also features a mechanic to assist customers with the
maintenance and repair of their scooters.
“I would recommend a scooter for anybody
that has to commute within a 25-mile distance of home,” Woodyard said.
“We want to offer any safety tips for people. For people that have never
ridden a scooter, we suggest they take a safety course. We let people
test drive them in the parking so they kind of get the feel of it.”
As more warm weather approaches, Scooters
to Go anticipates a steep increase in business from people looking for a
convenient way to travel around town.
“It’s economical, but it’s also fun just
to get out there, slow down a little bit, and take a look around,”
Woodyard said. “You get to see more things on a scooter.”
Scooters to Go
216 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing