Scooter mania! Teenagers and the Freedom Principle
Teenagers and the step-through scooter have gone hand in hand since the post-war years.
Here's a fistful of waypoints on the way to scootermania
What does the scooter mean to you?
It depends of course on your perspective. For some, the small displacement, step through scooter (with a skirt) is redolent of mid-century modernism, evoking the smells of Soho coffee bars and the texture of mohair. For others, the scooter is about the punkish teenage pursuit of the freedom principle.
In between and at each extremity it is of course about barely legal high voltage ped-heads buzzing in provincial city centres or the sensible super-commuter with long legs and a twist-and-go technology.
Wherever you sit on the continuum, the scooter has seen an interesting evolution. Here are a fistful of important waypoints to the scooter’s ever-changing identity.