NOT SUCH AN ELECTRIC IDEA
THE NEW E-SCOOTERS MAY SAVE A PRETTY PENNY ON TRANSPORT BUT I’M STILL MOVED BY THE BENEFITS OF TUK-TUKS FOR THE MASSES
Transport and infrastructure is on everyone’s lips at the moment around the Coast with our blossoming population growth. Everyone has an opinion on traffic and getting from A to B – whether the alternative be light rail, rail, driverless buses or drones. I apologise to taxi/uber drivers up front for what I am about to write. It is not meant to be detrimental to them in any way and probably is best described as partly fiction. I see an American company has started supplying electric scooters and bikes in Sydney – about 300 of them. You download an app and it costs you $1 to unlock it and 30 cents per minute on your trip and they pick it up off you once you get there, and even give you a discount if you recharge it for them. I live 16km away from work and these electric steeds can reach speeds of up to 24km/h. So I reckon even if I got every red light (and there is about 1000 of them along Nicklin Way) and it took me the whole hour, it would only cost $19 max. Plus, if I plugged it in to the neighbours’ power point (oops, I mean mine), it would be a lot less. Or, if I stayed on the bike paths and did it in half the time, it would only be nine bucks, less the recharge, which is whole lot different than a cab fare. Sounds great, doesn’t it? And it would be even more efficient in CBD outings like the Plaza: no parking worries, no waiting for taxis or buses, and just throw it in the river when you are finished – just like shopping trolleys and the pushbikes set up in Brisbane, because sadly that’s what would happen. Actually, you probably wouldn’t pitch it in the river because of the app with all your details. But it wouldn’t stop some peanut walking home from the pub from pitching it into the river, the ocean, the on ramp or whatever was closest after you had finished with it and before staff retrieved it. I guess that would be the first question I would want answered before I signed up with the app: who is responsible for the thing after I had finished with it and if and when it was retrieved? Sure, call me negative, and sure, in NZ, our cousins across the ditch have just celebrated their 300,000 trip. So does that mean I think Kiwis are more advanced than us? Probably. Yes: environmentally, anyway. I do think it is a great idea but, like Elizabeth Taylor’s 7th husband (or 8th if you count Richard Burton twice), it’s doomed for failure. I still think my idea years ago at getting a container load of tuk-tuks over here from India would solve getting the masses home around the Coast. But I am sure our love of litigation would never allow that to happen. Now, here is an idea: what about electric tuk-tuks? That would tick all the boxes. But until I can figure that out, I will stick with my usual Suncoast Cabs. At least I know I will get home safe.
“I DO THINK IT IS A GREAT IDEA BUT, LIKE ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S 7TH HUSBAND (OR 8TH IF YOU COUNT RICHARD BURTON TWICE), IT’S DOOMED FOR FAILURE.”