Using a Scooter in Taiwan

Brad and Angelina look so cool don’t they? With those sunglasses, hair, and legs exposed.

When I saw this photo I almost spat out my morning coffee as I could not believe what a bad example they are setting as I know just how dangerous riding a scooter really is. Some Taiwanese locals or Westerners might scoff at my worry but I don’t care. A month ago our scooter took a tumble as we were heading back from the convenience store and I had to have stitches on my lower leg and knee. Needless to say I won’t be wearing any short skirts for a while and I do not feel comfortable on the damn things.

Yet scooter riding can have its benefits. It’s unbelievably cheap and very convenient. Moreover, Taiwanese society seems to endorse scooter riding like its good for you. Many people at our workplace congratulated us on our purchase and I could not but help feeling like we adapting to the local culture by riding one. Cars are thought of as being inconvenient to park and a waste of money, but I feel a lot safer in one. Hopefully in a few months my husband can get the scooter bug out of his system and we can get a safer pair of wheels.


8 Responses to “Using a Scooter in Taiwan”

  1. November 26, 2006 at 10:30 am

    Well, I don’t think we are going to be getting a car. But scooters are unsafe. It’s not only the driver but the other drivers that are mainly the problem. It is quite common to see scooters go the wrong way on streets and inch up as close as they can to be on their way those precious seconds faster.

  2. November 26, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    It’s funny that they would be giving a bad example of safety.. aren’t they the poster couple in Hollywood for politics, children, and whatnot? (They aren’t exactly setting a good example for marriage, either, are they? Since they had an affair..)

  3. November 30, 2006 at 8:43 am

    Actually the photo wasn’t shot in Taiwan but in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Brad and Angelina went to vietnam last week and stayed 2 days. Source: http://www.ngoisao.net/News/Hau-truong/2006/11/3B9BB2EC/

  4. 5 marc
    November 30, 2006 at 10:39 am

    If you know what youre doing, theyre as safe as being a pedestrian. Problem is it looks easy (and cool if youre Brad, not the guys in the yellow mask) but its just as easy to crash. London is now full of them since the congestion charge came in. Scooters are exempt so people have left their cars and are riding just as aggresively and selfishly as they used to drive, only now with personal consequences. Great photo though, Yamaha must be ecstatic.

  5. 6 mAvEriCk
    November 30, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    that look more like a motorbike than a scooter to me.. nice shot tho 🙂

  6. November 30, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    The bike they are on is actually an underbone or moped. It is the Nuouvo from Yamaha and has an CVT transmission.

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