Baseball fans have become familiar with the sight of Giants outfielder Hunter Pence arriving to practice and games on a modified electric scooter. Pence says he started using the scooter to get around as a kid to travel on his own and express his independence.
He says the scooter enabled him to get home or to another destination after practice without having to wait around for his dad to give him a ride. It seems that independent spirit started early with Pence and he continues to use a scooter to quickly zip to and from practice, sometimes with his girlfriend in tow on her own scooter.
Pence’s electric scooter can travel at speeds of up to 20 mph and enables him to make the short commute between his condo and AT&T Park in San Francisco. An electric scooter like Pence’s can also easily be ridden indoors, so just because you’re inside doesn’t mean you have to slow down.
Pence’s preference for traveling via scooter gives him a youthful, independent air that is what attracts so many people to scooter riding in the first place. The 6’4” baseball player certainly stands out when he rides. As scooter riding begins to catch on among a wide variety of people, ranging from young kids to adults, the practical benefits of riding become more obvious. Here are a few ways riding a scooter can benefit someone:
Fuel efficiency is all the rage these days as gas prices reach record highs. More people are looking for ways to save at the pump and the options out there keep getting better. From fuel efficient vehicles, to bicycle and scooter riding, it’s become easier than ever to avoid paying too much for gas. Riding an electric scooter is a great way to avoid fueling up altogether. These scooters are easy to charge and can travel quickly between short distance destinations.
We’re all aware that carbon emissions are doing serious, irreversible damage to our environment. That’s why it’s more important than ever to find alternatives to using fossil fuels. Transportation is one of the biggest contributors to pollution, so think about what a huge difference it would make if more people switched to other methods of getting around. When you ride a scooter, you’re doing something to reduce the amount of carbon emissions. You can feel good about what you’re doing every time you get on a scooter and perhaps inspire others to do the same.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of riding outdoors. Many of Pence’s fans have recognized him riding the streets on his scooter and remarked on how fun it looks. Pence has said he enjoys taking in the scenery of his neighborhood and the Bay Bridge on his rides. Scooter riding gives you the experience of your surroundings that can’t be accomplished by riding in a car. You may even begin to enjoy your daily commute and can make some new friends along the way too.
David Jones is a Product Designer at Pulse Performance Products and a Major League Baseball fan. He designs products with a specific goal of environmental sustainability in mind, and enjoys creating products that can help reduce our impact on immediate enviromental surroundings.