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The Rise of Electric Two-Wheelers

Jenni Simcoe profiles electric bike and scooter owners in Los Angeles area.

Published: 14-Nov-2010

When Erik Dixon pulled up to a DUI checkpoint in his Vespa-inspired scooter he expected to be waved right through. He got nervous when the officer instead motioned him to a stop. “I was wearing a shirt and tie with a blazer and jeans,” he said. “I thought, ‘really guys?’” The policeman eyeballed his outfit and said, “You have to be the most dapper person we’ve seen.”

With that, he waved Dixon through the checkpoint.

Inspired by the classic Italian Vespa, scooters are being turned to by Downtowners not just for being stylish, but also as a functional way to move around.

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