Spokane is a beautiful area with lots of outdoor recreational options. From hiking to fishing, to swimming in lakes and rivers, the Spokane Area has many activities to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy. I have always loved the outdoors but like many people, I can get lazy. Sometimes a hike in hot weather doesn’t sound the most appealing. Well, I am so thankful that I live in the 21st century because I have found the solution for my lazy-outdoor-enthusiastic-self, electric scooters!
Now I know you may be questioning it but hear me out, I was a skeptic at first too. I did not think there was all that much to do with an electric scooter and I was nervous about buying one because I wanted to be sure that it would last and not break. When my best friend bought one over a year ago for only a few hundred dollars on Amazon, I told her if it lasts over a year I will look into one. And here we are now, I am a few weeks into being an owner of an electric scooter and it was very much, SO worth the purchase.
Some may say “Well Lime scooters are everywhere, I will just ride one of those!”. I would definitely recommend that to start. It is a great way to get a feel of the scooter to learn if you enjoy it or not. However in the long run if you love it, it is definitely worth the investment and for a few reasons.
First you can go much further than a regular old Lime scooter. If your lucky enough to find one with a full charge, Lime scooters have a range of about 20 miles while the ones you can purchase can travel for 25 miles or more depending on the model. Also the electric scooters you can purchase can go from 15-20mph. Lime scooters max out at about 15mph and the built in GPS will slow you down in high traffic areas such as some downtown areas or around schools.
There are also many places in the Spokane Area where you can take your scooter. I live near Upriver Road which runs by the Centennial Trail. I found parking near John H. Shields park where I can get to downtown Spokane in only 20 minutes! I was surprised with that quick travel time and my scooter holds enough charge to be downtown a while and make it all the way back to my car without dying. I am looking forward to exploring more of the Children Of The Sun trail that starts in Hillyard and the trail will be 10.3 miles when complete and will eventually connect to the Ben Burr Trail. Parking downtown Spokane would be fun to explore the Centennial Trail that’s past downtown, and I really want to explore Coeur d’Alene Idaho with the electric scooter as well. Past that, any time I leave town I can take my scooter to explore new cities and trails.
Another fun bonus is if you have a small furry friend, they can come on adventures with you! Just remember to keep in mind weight limits, luckily enough me and my furry buddy come to about 20 lbs under the weight limit. For a couple other words of caution, many electric scooters can’t get wet, don’t leave your scooter in your car on a hot summer day because it will mess with the battery, and a helmet is advised. I know of someone who needed his jaw wired shut after a scooting incident downtown with a Lime scooter.
I got a Gotrax G4 Commuting Electric Scooter off Amazon and I am loving it and all it’s fun features. It shows how many miles you’ve traveled, I’ve hit 60 in only a few weeks. It has a built-in bike lock cord and the LED screen has a lock code as well which you can toggle on or off. The scooter will brake itself and make it unrideable until you put the code in if you have this feature on. It also has a folding mechanism for travel, a headlight, a bell, cruise control, and a speedometer! I even added on a bag that I found online. There are many fun models of scooters out there though so explore for yourself and find the best fit for you! This has been one of my favorite ways to chill this summer.