High gas prices means America finally gets a clue

by Mediocre Bad Guy

So after listening to a whole days worth of Fox news trying to tell me that my paying 4 dollars a gallon is actually good because it’s feeding the oil companies profits which in turn helps my portfolio… bleh bleh bleh. 

The good news is that because we here in the Triangle live in an urban environment we can easily walk, take public transportation, or if we really need a more personal way to get around we can easily hop in a taxi. Our European counterparts have made another means of transport a staple in their cities, motorcycles and scooters can be parked anywhere, consume much less fuel, and are sometimes even a bit sexier. Let’s start a new segment focusing on solutions for more sustainable urban living, shall we?
This weeks featured green machine is the new Vespa Granturismo. With 12″ wheels this baby promises to offer a ride typical of larger bikes with the ease and comfort of a scooter. Starting at only $5,299.00 it will cost you about as much as the premium package on your last car. Sell that 40k parking space and invest the money! The parking space is doing nothing for the economy. 

Vespa Granturismo 200 – Image courtesy of Vespa
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    fourthandeye says

    I agree with the sentiment that we don’t need to be slaves to the auto with the wealth of walkable retail and transit options in the Triangle.

    However, as for the Vespa, where do you plan to park it overnight if not in a parking spot? The street? Get some good insurance if that’s the case. I’ve heard those babies are theft magnets :(

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    DC Jeff says

    That is A LOT for a scooter. Maybe something less “sexy” for me. Honda anyone? :) I am interested in a scooter. However, I am keeping parking. 1. It is an investment in the resale value of my place and 2. Suburban friends won’t visit if they can’t park. :( Me get lonely.