Euro-chic Boston: The Moped Factor

Posted by John on November 17, 2008
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Mopeds use has greatly increased in Boston

Mopeds use has greatly increased in Boston

Although gas prices in the Boston area are back down to near $2/gallon levels, the sharp increase over the summer drove many locals to explore other transportation options.  Limited as the T is, it is no wonder that a two-wheeled alternative took off in the form of european-modeled mopeds screaming down city streets at 80+ miles per gallon.

In Massachusetts, a moped is any two-wheeled vehicle with an engine size under 50ccs, an automatic transmission, and that is incapable of traveling over 30mph.  The registry requires a sticker to be purchased ($40 for two years), but mopeds are not plated and do not require insurance (nor can they obtain it even if they wanted to from the accounts I’ve heard).  They are allowed to legally pass on the right and use bike lanes on city streets, but are bound by local speed limits.  These edge-of-the-law vehicles are considered motorized bicycles by the RMV, but in light of the modifications being made to many models, and the simple fact that a 30mph flat ground speed often results in much higher downhill speeds, these two-wheelers can occasionally be seen cruising in excess of 40mph in and around the greater Boston area.

Of course the #1 advantage to a moped in Boston is the parking situation.   Continue reading…