Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Soleri Sogwoozles!


Sogwoozles invade Soleri Bridge and Plaza

And so it begins: the sogwoozle invasion. First they appeared in ones and twos, harmless enough, then, suddenly: a sogwoozle formation! Striking at the heart of the city! Posing in front of Soleri siltcast panels! Powering down the non-powered paths! Not even bothering to deploy parasols to try to disguise themselves!

I spotted the scouts in this area before. Too late now, I guess. They do bring up the "powered transport on the non-powered paths" question, but I would rather just refer to them as "sogwoozles," and glory in their sheer geeky awesomeness. Pedestrian path users, you're on your own, deal with the sogwoozles motoring down your non-motored paths as you see fit. On my bike I just blast on by making my RED ALERT SOGWOOZLE claxon sound.

I do have a concern that the sogwoozles might startle one of my equestrian horsey path user four-legged friends, causing animal upset with their alien locomotion. I love the horses beyond all reason. I'm hoping those sogwoozles do the right thing and come to a complete stop to allow the horses to pass. We could stand together, discussing our various modes of gyroscopic balance stabilization to pass the time. I would ask, gesturing toward the canal: them things run under water?

SEC. 17-100. Prohibitions. 
(a) No person shall operate, use or place any vehicle or device with an attached motor or power unit, whether or not it is in operation, upon a multiuse path or within three (3) feet of a multiuse path.

6 comments:

  1. Great Scott!
    Sogwoozles!
    You must capture one.
    You know, so you can dissect it.

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  2. So, don't them things have motors or power units,just like electric bikes or electric wheelchairs?

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  3. They were a big thing here for about one year. Then they went away. But to be fair, it get's people outdoors. And they may be more predictable than a five year old on a bike.

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  4. Well, if you're gonna get invaded by motorized vehicles, those are probably the most tolerable. Way quieter than a motorcycle, scooter or ATV, which is probably what the ordinance had in mind.

    We sprang for a Segway tour in downtown Austin last fall, and it was actually quite a blast. In the couple of hours we were out, we both got pretty good on the things.

    Hopefully, the tour operator is responsible enough be a good citizen on the paths and avoid being a pain to other users.

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  5. I would ride one. Prefer a bicycle, but would not turn down a spin on one. Taking a tour on one sounds like fun, once.

    Then I would dissect it. Locate its power source. Convert it into a bicycle light. Perhaps the rest could be converted into a rack, or trailer of some sort.

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  6. I've ridden one very briefly. I can't say they offend me; I can see how people who work in downtown areas might find them more convenient than a car. I guess I don't understand seeing tourists use them for sightseeing - although for me part of what I love about sightseeing while on vacation is the physical activity. Like you, John, I prefer my bike.

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