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Downtown Austin: Travel by foot, scooter or car?

Electric scooters can be spotted across Austin, but how do these devices hold up compared to other modes of transportation?

AUSTIN, Texas — You see them all around Austin and on the news as well – electric scooters. But how do these devices really hold up compared to other modes of transportation in Central Texas?

KVUE's Jay Wallis went to Downtown Austin to put together an experiment and see what the results showed us.


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Going from Second Street to Ninth Street on Lavaca Street is about 0.6 miles. It is a straight shot that you can travel on in many different ways. 

So, we decided to travel by foot, on a scooter and in a car. We did each one three times, creating an average time for the three modes of transportation.

These are the averages we got for each one:

Walking: 9 minutes and 33 seconds

Electric scooter: 6 minutes and 38 seconds

Car: 1 minute and 38 seconds

So, if you're looking for speed, traveling by car is your best bet. But, remember, you might just have to pay for parking – and scooters are still faster than walking!


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