Ways to avoid walking have come a long way throughout the years. Back in the day, people who couldn’t afford horses had to walk miles to get to their destination. These days, people who can’t afford horses have other options. Horses are great, but let’s be honest, they’re high maintenance.
Kick Scooter History
Scooters have been hand-made for at least 100 years. Roller skates ruled the streets in the early 1990s, but soon kids were looking for something more. Someone decided that the act of roller skating was too exhausting, and took the wheels from 2 roller skates and attached them to a plank of wood. A handle and handle bars were constructed with a 2×4. Throw it all together and you get the beginnings of the kick scooter. See kids this is before video games, where most of the entertainment was created with the help of a 2×4.
Though used by kids in a post roller skate world, kick scooters soon became overlooked by newer emerging modes of transportation. Wood scooters wouldn’t fair well in bad weather, forcing kids to give up their rides.The scooter kept evolving, but took a back seat to other transportive creations. Metal scooters were created with two small bicycle wheels, an although they were sturdy, they were heavy and hard to maneuver. Bikes came, then the dreaded skateboard followed. Kick scooters almost became just another footnote in the sad children toys collection of the 1900s. It wasn’t until 1990 that Switzerland’s Wim Ouboter saw a need for a push scooter because his sister’s legs were different sizes. She had trouble riding a bike but she could push a scooter.
In 1996 Wim created a foldable aluminum scooter with inline skate wheels. It was sold as a “micro skate scooter” and a “Razor”. Once the Razor was released in Japan, the kick scooter fad took off and made it’s way to America. Since then, it has been almost a right of passage for every kid to have a kick scooter for about a month, get tired of it, and store it in the garage posing as an obstacle for the parents to navigate their car around.
For real riders who appreciate the awesomeness of kick scooters, receiving their first kick scooter became a pivotal moment in their lives. A true love for kick scootering never dies, and only intensifies as the evolution of kick scooters continues to wow its users and inspire a whole new generation of riders.
So remember to pay homage to those reckless latchkey kids of yesteryear, because without their dangerous usage of 2x4s and roller skates, we would not have our beloved kick scooters of today. They were obviously a very “ride or die” type of people.