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Adults on scooters

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slugsinmygarden Mon 04-Jul-16 09:07:09

I keep seeing grown adults using scooters to get around.

AIBU thinking they all look like complete knobs?

Whathaveilost Mon 04-Jul-16 09:09:19

As long as they are careful around others I don't see a problem. Same as kids on scooters. In fact kids are more annoying because they don't always notice what's going on around them.

Lighteningirll Mon 04-Jul-16 09:09:45

Your post has misused the word adult I think you meant twat hth

MissElizaBennettsBookmark Mon 04-Jul-16 09:10:43



londonrach Mon 04-Jul-16 09:11:25

We have a lady in her late 80s using one near where i used to live. Always makes me smile and great way for her to travel. Shes known by everyone now. Yabu.

MrEBear Mon 04-Jul-16 09:12:06

Only a knob / twat would comment on somebody else getting around in a fun way. Has to be more healthy than using a car.

Babymamamama Mon 04-Jul-16 09:14:22

Yes they are knobs along with the grey haired bearded man-children I sometimes see skate boarding around. Equally wrong.

acasualobserver Mon 04-Jul-16 09:15:14

I agree. Round here it's nearly always very self-consciously fashionable hipster men. I always wonder what they are doing playing with a child's toy. Having said that, I recently saw a dad and two young sons all with scooters on an outing together - actually quite sweet.

blinkowl Mon 04-Jul-16 09:15:18

YABU and totally joyless. I mean honestly, why would you care?!

Lots of the parents at DS's school scoot their DC's scooters home. It looks like great fun, especially scooting down the hill.

I am too fat and unfit to to trust myself on a scooter, I wish I could!

Lighteningirll Mon 04-Jul-16 09:16:34

Oh also you missed lighthearted from you title you are slipping here standards please and quite honestly if you can't behave like a knob in your eighties it would be a sad world, she gets a free pass

SteviebunsBottrittrundle Mon 04-Jul-16 09:18:02

I know what you mean but I can't get worked up about it. It is obviously fun for them, they aren't doing any harm and I would prefer people use any mode of transport other than a car (where possible). So I think YABU.

slugsinmygarden Mon 04-Jul-16 09:19:37

Thing is, I only ever see them around London on busy pavements or scooting through busy stations and have seen so many fall off or crash into people.

cestlavielife Mon 04-Jul-16 09:20:39

I am one
It gets me around quicker
: shrugs :
Why do you care ?

ifyoulikepinacolada Mon 04-Jul-16 09:26:02

Yanbu. They're a bloody nightmare!

EdmundCleverClogs Mon 04-Jul-16 09:28:31

Bloody scooters, terrible inventions. I think adults do look pretty silly on them, very 'look at me, I'm so hip/eccentric/free spirited'. So sick of people bumping into me with them (children and adults alike).

CigarsofthePharoahs Mon 04-Jul-16 09:30:16

I care because they're on the pavement but moving significantly fast than foot traffic.

SpringerS Mon 04-Jul-16 09:32:04

I use a scooter sometimes because I need it to keep up with my 3yo on his balance bike. I normally have strict rules about him staying close to me on his bike but when we go to my parents the route is 95% inside pavement cycle lanes, with a railing between the pavement and the road, so I allow him to cut loose and go as fast as he wants. I can't keep up with him then and even though it's a safe route I don't want him going too far out of my sight, so I have to scoot or cycle with him. And it's not always practical to bring my bike.

HazelBite Mon 04-Jul-16 09:32:35

They are an absolute menace on the pavements in central London weaving in and out of pedestrians. They go unbelievably fast and it gives you a shock when they come up behind you then swerve past at speed.

TwoFs Mon 04-Jul-16 09:41:56


I use my scooter so I can keep up with the kids and know they're safe. It's preferable to shouting at them every 30 seconds to slow down or not to go too far ahead. They'd be as well to walk if they're not allowed to scoot faster than I can walk/run so it's easier (and much more fun!) if we all scoot together. I'm in London but super aware of others on the pavement and never feel like I own the path. I love mine!

StackladysMorphicResonator Mon 04-Jul-16 09:43:16

DH used to think the exact same thing - then we went to Decathlon together, he picked one up and spent the entire shopping trip scooting around the store in glee! It's a really fun way to travel. I've just bought him one for his 30th birthday, he LOVES it! We don't even have DC, so there's literally no excuse other than it's fun and practical.

NB DH is always extremely careful of other road and pavement users!

user1467032004 Mon 04-Jul-16 09:44:41

I live in NYC and it's quite popular here. Wish I was brave enough to get one.

Micah Mon 04-Jul-16 09:45:46

If my dc ride theirs to school i scoot it back home.

It's easier than quicker than carrying/walking with the bloody thing bashing into my ankles.

So what.

PotOfYoghurt Mon 04-Jul-16 09:47:53

Don't have a problem as long as they're considerate of other people.

You'd really think people who are choosing to use an environmentally friendly, exercising way of travel to get around are silly or even twats?

StrawberrytallCake Mon 04-Jul-16 09:48:09

I would love a scooter but don't have one because I've nowhere to scoot and I worry people will judge!


Ifailed Mon 04-Jul-16 09:49:07

I have no problem with small children using them on the pavement, I understand its much safer for them. However I'd expect adults and teenagers to use the road, as I would cyclists. Even at a relatively low speed of 10 mph, being hit by full-sized person will hurt.

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