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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How hoverboards will destroy, or revitalize, but probably destroy, public transportation

Cool, here's a hoverboard:

It goes 7-8mph, which (in my city) is faster than I can go from home to work on the bus when you factor in:

1) waiting for the bus
2) how slow the bus goes because there are too many stops per mile
3) waiting 10 minutes for a transfer
4) repeat #2
5) walking from the bus stop to the front door.

And if you don't like that, you can get a portable electric scooter:

It goes 14-15mph and carries 300 pounds (i.e., an American). This would take me from home to university faster than taking the express buses.

The hoverboard costs about 6 months of bus passes, and the scooter costs about a year of bus passes, depending on where you live.

And thus, if cities don't crack down and ban these things from both sidewalks and bike lanes and municipal off-road paths, pretty soon they're going to lose a hell of a lot of public transportation ridership. Pretty soon it'll wither away into an assisted transportation system for the handicapped only.

Unless, of course, they rationalize bus systems and improve service. Ha! I made a funny.

1 comment:

  1. Unless you live in Toronto. Where it snows.

    Which I don't.