All About Electric Tours – E-Scooter, E-Bike and Segway Tours
Today, more than ever, we need to be more aware of the human damage being done to the world’s environment. It’s clear that air pollution has become a serious issue, with many of the world’s cities suffering from appalling air quality. This leads to serious health concerns as well as the slow destruction of our environment. Modern air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases and is usually the result of vehicle exhaust and factory emissions along with the burning of fossil fuels. So it’s certainly time to take a serious look for possible solutions to help improve public health along side reducing ecological damage. Not only that, but we really need to spend more time and resources into seeking out alternative energy sources.
Since they’re introduction electric vehicles can play a small part towards the improvement of air quality. But keep in mind that electric vehicles are only as clean as their energy source. For instance, in Norway, electricity comes from a clean source, hydro-electric power, meaning their electric vehicles really are “clean”. The Tourism industry has a large ecological responsibility. But the rise in the number of people flying, coupled with cheaper tickets, has led to a huge increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Aviation saw a rise in these by 87% between 1990 and 2006. Of course these same planes are bringing us visitors. So every little bit we can do to try and off set the massive carbon footprint left by tourism is a good start. And to be fair, we’ve all got to start somewhere.
The e-scooter and e-bike
In a busy touristic city, full of buses and cars (and many of these still running on diesel), you should be able to find other options of transportation. Obviously walking is by far the most environmentally friendly form of getting around. Maybe next up is to use a bicycle. But when your time as a tourist is running against the clock, maybe electric transportation can be of help. Let’s take e-scooters and e-bikes. They require little maintenance and are quieter than petrol powered machines. Obviously they produce very little in the form of pollutants and greenhouse gases. They use rechargeable lithium ion batteries. E-scooters and e-bikes are not as new as they might seem. In fact the first patent for the e-bike, was in 1895 in Boston, USA. And one year later, the electric tandem was also born.
What about Segways?
The original Segway was an invention of Dean Kamen and brought to market in 2001. It’s designed with a standing deck centered between two wheels. To steer you simply lean to the desired direction whilst holding on to the handlebars. It uses gyroscopic sensors to detect changes in its pitch angle and to maintain balance (just like your phone knows which way is up). Then using only a small-utility motor, its wheels are rapidly driven backward and forwards as needed to keep upright. Like it’s brethren the e-bike, it too runs on lithium rechargeable batteries. It’s silent, easy to ride and produces nothing harmful to the environment. Cleaner than a horse!
Here at Yellow Zebra in downtown Budapest, we too believe in doing our best to provide a wonderful and memorable experience for all of our customers. And at the same time doing our bit to help rebuild a sustainable environment for our children. That’s why there are no fuel burning motorized vehicles on any of our tours. Just the power of your feet, pedal or electrical outlet!
If you have an interest in any tour with the above mentioned electric vehicles in Budapest, then give us a shout.
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