9/06/2019

do you really need electricity for your urban mobility?

that's what i use for my urban mobility and transportation

in just a few days (september 16-22), european mobility week will be celebrated with lots on events in all the big cities. the goal is to promote all the new and old ways to move around in ecofriendly fashion. that's a really good thing, as choosing a smart way to move (especially for short and medium distances like in daily urban commuting) is a good way to reduce our impact on the environment.
on this same subject, lately there's a lot of of talk about the new electric-powered microvehicles like "hoveboards", electric kickscooters and the one-wheeled or two-wheeled segway-like things. e-bikes, albeit not new, are becoming more and more popular too. electric powered vehicles are obviously better than anything that needs gasoline or diesel fuel, but electricity can't be considered 100% ecofriendly. it all depends on how it's produced, it may come from renewable fonts or from nuclear plants or even  coal power plants. plus, one of the best ways to reduce our carbon footprint is to avoid wasting anything, so saving electricity (whatever way it is produced) for the cases when its use is really unavoidable proves to be a wise choice. by consequence, choosing human-powered vehicles over anything electric-powered is by far more sustainable, not to mention that in a society where obesity is epidemic every little thing that leads to burning a few calories has to be considered precious.
so, what's the point of choosing electric-powered vehicles when there's a lot of ways to move around using only the power of our own body? there are so many ways to speed up our commuting without electric engines: foldable city bikes, non-electric adult-size kickscooters (which usually are foldable too, so it's easy to travel by bus or train carrying them), skateboards, rollerblades... the list may continue. for my urban commuting and transport i use regularly a bmx bike, a skateboard, a kickscooter and a load-carrying cart if i have to carry around heavy loads and a big trekking backpack isn't enough. the area where i live is not flat, so moving around means that there's always some uphill stretch of road. if i'm on my kickscooter and the uphill becomes too hard, i just walk. the time saved downhill or on flat road is a lot anyway.
then there's the fact that not depending on electricity for your commuting is a good feeling, and there's the big benefit that you never need to check the battery level of your vehicles. the only battery you have to check is the one in your own system, you have to eat properly to face your caloric expenditure. but that's part of the fun.