You know what we see very few of on our streets? Scooters; and what we don’t see any of is mopeds. However, these two-wheeled modes of transportation have been a mainstay on European streets since early in the 20th century. Maybe we just shy away from smaller-engined vehicles like mopeds or traditional scooters in favour of more powerful motorcycles. . A scooter is actually classified as a motorcycle with a step-through frame and a platform for your feet.
When I was a teenager living in West Germany there were scooters and mopeds everywhere. They weren’t very expensive, easy to operate and park. The two big names in scooters were Vespa and Lambretta. As a Canadian kid living on a military base you had to be at least 18 to drive anything over 50cc’s so my friends and I all had mopeds. Hey, it beat pedalling or walking! I owned a Zundap. The company ceased operation in 1984 but they had been making motorcycles since 1917 and after WW II expanded into the scooter and moped market. Mine looked like a small motorcycle and could go 80 kms/hr when I cranked it wide open. One night when I was 17 I was riding on a dirt trail in the Black Forest and my moped and I had a little confrontation with a tree. The tree won. My straight as an arrow Air Force officer dad wasn’t overly understanding and I was back to walking or hitching a ride with a buddy. Mopeds are still around across the Atlantic in Britain and on the continent but I don’t recall seeing a moped on the streets of Saskatoon. I guess they just aren’t cool over here.