DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Stephen At The Colorado Convention Center’s Blue Bear

September 4, 2012 5:00 AM

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"I bought the brightest color they had thinking it would be more visible."

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“I’m pretty sold on keeping with a scooter.”

The Ride
The Driver: Stephen
Car in Question: 2012 Red Genuine Scooter Buddy 50
Spotted at: The Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street Denver, CO 80202
Odometer: 172
Car’s Nickname: Buddy

THE DEFENSE

Q: Welcome to Defend Your Ride Denver! Thank you for participating. Can you tell us about your cool ride? What is its main use?

A: It’s a 2012 Buddy 50 Scooter. I’ve had it for about two weeks now. I use it mainly for commuting to and from work, a four or five mile ride each way. I was commuting by bike and I still will if it’s really bad weather. I can handle snow a little better on the bike. The bike is the only vehicle I’ve ever had so I’ve got more experience on it.

Q: Is this scooter your first vehicle!?

A: It is! I’ve never had a car, so first vehicle. I call it Buddy. The company is called Genuine Scooters and they’ve taken care of all of the nicknaming.

Q: In the two weeks you have had Buddy, what has been your favorite trip?

A: My fiancé and I have done small trips downtown. We’ve ridden to the Mayan Theater. Any time you have two people on the scooter, it’s a little bit silly. It’s a pretty small seat, not a lot of room for two people. You’re pretty cramped on there.

Q: What’s the farthest place you’ve taken it?

A: I took it to Englewood, about 10 miles south of downtown. I think my main concern is weather. If it’s too snowy, I want to leave it inside and use the bike or the bus. I have epilepsy, so it was important to have something where I could quickly and easily manage it and get off quickly. I did a lot of research online and this scooter has really good reviews. The scooters don’t have really high speeds, yet you can still get to and from work pretty quickly and carry groceries.

Q: Do you know before you have a seizure?

A: I do have some warning. I have a couple of triggers, lack of sleep and not getting enough to eat. I’ll be feeling lightheaded and I know I’m in the danger zone. If I’m feeling like that then I will not be riding a bike, much less a scooter, I’ll be at home resting.

Q: How much did you sleep last night?

A: I got a good night’s sleep.

Q: How about breakfast?

A: And I got breakfast!

Q: So you’re good for now?

A: I’m in good shape!

Q: Is there anything else you want us to know about the Buddy scooter?

S: It’s been a good resource as a person with epilepsy having this to turn to if you have a driver’s license. It can be a potential option. We’ve got a foundation called Seize the World and we put out stories every month about people who have epilepsy, trying to get options out there. It won’t work for everyone you know but with some careful looking into and a lot of discussion with my family, we thought a scooter could be a safe option or alternative for a bike.

Photos and interview by Heather Ruch

View previous Defend Your Ride features as well as other great stories for people who love cars at CBSDenver.com/Autos

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