IMHO, there's little doubt that scoots are incredibly versatile and affordable urban transport. However, I would venture that there is a big difference in urban environments around the world!
Many of the cities I visited in Europe are not necessarily larger in size than Aus cities, but have a higher population density. This causes traffic chaos and two wheels in this environment are definately better than four!
When I look at Perth, it is an amazingly HUGE city in terms of the land it occupies. But with a population of, what, 1.5-2million people, spread out over a vast area, we have a totally different road system to Eastern States and European cities. Our pop density is much lower and our roads are, IMHO, much faster and more free-flowing as a result. Also, our public transport system is, again IMHO, woefully inadequate for the city as a whole. And we have a small city centre surrounded by an ocean of suburbs!!!!
In this environment, small two-wheeled vehicles are not that attractive, regardless of how fuel efficient they are!! As has been said, people are still more than willing to hop in their cage here in Perth because of the distances being travelled! It can be done faster and safer in a cage than on an exposed scoot. Of course, if you're going anywhere near the Perth CBD, you're gonna, quite rightly, disagree and say that scoots come into their own there!
I think people here are beginning to think carefully about their urban transport..... With the range of scoots available, it is certainly becoming possible to buy and run a scoot and a car in the same household. However, if you're gonna actually save and recoup your money, you have to be committed to using your scoot. On Perth roads, that's no easy committment given the way our cagers go about their business!!!
With the very kindest regards
Live the Dream - Ride a Scoot!! Preferably a Daelim S1!!! Troy Corser knows how good these scoots are, cos he's got one!!!!!