Electric Scooters, A Better Option for Vancouver, BC

While gas-powered scooters get 85-90 mpg, the city council favors electric models

Published: 21-Jun-2009

As gas prices go up so do scooter sales, but Vancouver is still lagging behind other cities in supporting this form of transportation, according to city retailers and riders.

"We're trying to catch up with Toronto," said Bob Hillman, owner of Urban Wasp.

Hillman, who has owned the shop (formerly called Vespa Vancouver) for three of the five years it has been open, thinks the city should provide free parking for scooters.

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