Why has travelling around on Micro Scooters become so popular?
In our neck of the woods, the run-up to 9am sees pavements teeming with little speed demons, zipping along to school next to their puffing, red-faced parents.
I like to have some balance in my review posts. But, after chatting to other Mums on the school run and during play dates, I genuinely can’t find anyone with a bad word to say about these scooters.
So what exactly is it about the t-bar bits of metal on wheels, that has made them take the pre-school world by storm?
* The new models come in funky colours, to help brighten up the school run on those grim, grey winter mornings. Gwen’s Mini is a natty lilac, which has garnered loads of admiring comments from the parents of her two-year-old peers. Other colours include vibrant orange, aqua and candy pink. Predictably, Austin chose a generic blue, but he’s the first of his tribe to graduate onto the big-boy Maxi model with the adjustable handlebar. In his world, this trumps snazzy colours.
* They are durable, sturdy and they hold their value. This is useful if (like us, before we were sent our brand-new scooters) you’re usually on the hunt for second-hand gear that’s in decent nick. All our previous scooters have been bought from nearly new sales, and have lasted us well. With components like brakes available for purchase separately, if a part breaks then you can usually get a replacement.
* You know those Alpine children you see on ski slopes? The ones who whizz merrily off down steep hills, even though they look barely old enough to walk? Well, we might not have the right weather to breed generations of children who can ski from the age of two. But scooters are the urban equivalent of skis for our youngsters. The vehicular initiation of the British child: push them out, stick on a nappy, wait for them to toddle….and then, they’re off.
* It’s not often you see a Mum riding an adult scooter. But when you do, you can be sure that she’ll be the cool, with-it type. Like the funky-but-glamorous woman who arrives daily at Austin’s school gates, with her two daughters, all of them on scooters. She’s trim, wears practical-but-groovy clothes, and looks as though she attacks life with a fun-hammer. I want to look like her. Hell, I want to be her. Scooter for Mother’s Day, anyone? [hint, hint]
* As well as coming up with one of the biggest transport crazes known to the under-10s, the folk at Micro Scooters seem to be genuinely all-round niceguys. They donated scooters to bloggers on the Team Honk relay. After they’d helped some of us zip around the UK, those scooters were auctioned off to raise money for Sport Relief. And, more recently, Micro Scooters have announced the Scooters for Schools scheme, where purchases made via their website count towards cashback or scooters for your local educational establishment.
So, is there a downside to all this?
One occurred to me the other day. In our part of London (and, I’m sure, in many other places across the country), there seems to be a trend among the local youth of roller skating behind buses, holding on to get a free (and very fast) ride. While I admit that this looks like the sort of thing I’d have loved when I was fifteen, the parent in me shudders in horror at the thought that either of my offspring would try something so inherently risky.
Austin has recently developed a habit of holding onto the handlebar of the buggy, while I push Gwen along, so that he can scoot along with minimal effort. Could he be in training for the sort of rude boy antics I see on the streets? I bleedin’ hope not….
Disclosure: we were given a Mini and a Maxi Micro Scooter for the purpose of this review. All views expressed are my own.