Pulse: How We Spend: Trends: Suddenly Scooter

By now we’re familiar with Philly’s well – known riders (Marc Vetri) and the most – ­cited reason for ownership (fuel efficiency). But we caught up with some unexpected ­scooterers to find out why they’re reinventing the urban commute

Who: Veronica Stickelman, 26, Pennsport.  Occupation: Customer operations manager, Comcast.  Her ride: 2006 Honda Metropolitan.  Rationale: Safety. “I had a couple of close calls on my bike. I figured I needed to be faster and louder.”  Gripes: Stickelman hopes for a better system for scooter parking. She’s successfully contested nearly a dozen tickets.

Who: Matthew Henry Luther, 35, and Amber Day Luther, 27, Old City/NoLibs.  Occupations: Senior multimedia producer; architect.  Their rides: 2009 Honda Ruckus, 2009 Honda Metropolitan.  Rationale: Accessibility. You’ll find Amber squeezing into small spaces to take photos.  Trendsetters: Five more scooters have appeared in their apartment building.

Who: Taylor Fletcher, 31, Bensalem.  Occupation: Business owner.  His ride: 2004 Suzuki Burgman.  Rationale: “My maxi – scooter is the same as a motorcycle, but with more trunk space and better gas mileage.”  Nice guy: Fletcher founded the Philly – based Wild Hogs Scooter Club, which does fund – raising rides for local charities.

Who: Kathy Nell, 58, Roxborough.  Occupation: Reading tutor and retired Philadelphia public – school teacher.  Her ride: 2006 Vespa LX150.  Rationale: “I already have my motorcycle license, so my Vespa seemed like just another form of biking.”  No fear: Nell felt victorious after managing to get a kayak paddle home aboard her scooter.

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  • Judy

    I just got an e-bike at Philly Electric Wheels (thank you, Phila. magazine!) and love the feeling as much as the economics of it. Folks in the store were talking about how the SEPTA impeded think they are the cat’s pajama’s too. Even more than scooters, it takes hardly any electricity at all to go 20 mph.