Monday 19 August 2019

'I've never been stopped in all the time I've been using it'

Kristina Feeney

Transport: Electric scooter

Distance: 6km

Time: 20-30 minutes

Kristina Feeney with her electric scooter. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM
Kristina Feeney with her electric scooter. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM

Kristina Feeney, a Sligo accountant based in Dublin, has been using an e-scooter for the past year. She says it has made her morning and evening commute much more efficient than using public transport.

"It takes me about 30 minutes to get to work," she says of her journey from Dundrum to Blackrock. "You don't find yourself stuck in traffic or having to rely on public transport and that's one of the big benefits of this."

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Kristina (27) says it can be a pleasant way to travel when the weather is good but finds that she dislikes scooting in the rain. "One of the good things about it is how mobile it is, so you can fold it up and take it on public transport."

She says it is frustrating that it remains unclear as to whether or not such urban mobility devices are legal but believes gardaí are taking a common-sense approach. "I've never been stopped in all the time I've been using it," she says.

"I think if you wear a helmet, hi-vis clothing and are very careful to obey the rules of the road, you won't have any problem. I've no intention of riding my scooter on pavements."

She has noted that e-scooter numbers appear to have mushroomed over the past year and her identical twin sister, Jennifer - also an accountant - has recently joined the e-scooter brigade.

"She says that it was something that was helping me when it came to commuting and she went out and got the exact same model. She's been enjoying the experience."

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