The cost of scooter helmet technology is getting cheaper and easier to get, but it’s not just a matter of buying the latest, most advanced model.
For some people, the cost of a scooter may be less than the cost to purchase a full-priced helmet.
And the scooter industry is in the midst of a huge resurgence in popularity as the price of scooters has dropped in price by as much as 40 per cent in the past decade, according to an industry survey.
The popularity of scootie helmets has been fueled by the rise of “ride sharing” — the practice of using a vehicle as a platform to transport people and goods around a city.
There are now over 300 scooters on the road in the U.S., with many of them equipped with helmets.
There’s no shortage of scrotum-hugging scooter enthusiasts, but a new survey conducted by the National Safety Council, a consumer advocacy group, suggests that the popularity of these helmets may be a little overstated.
The survey found that in 2014, just 15 per cent of scotch riders were helmet-owning, down from 35 per cent two years earlier.
Only 25 per cent owned helmets, while just 14 per cent did.
This may sound like a lot, but the survey found just two-thirds of scottish scotchers had ever used a helmet.
(The survey was done for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a left-leaning advocacy group.
It’s not clear whether the survey was conducted prior to or after the release of the report.)
That’s partly because, in the early 2000s, helmet costs dropped drastically.
Then-premier David Peterson made the dramatic move of banning scooters in 2005, and scooters have been on a slow slide ever since.
As a result, many scooter users have started to get used to the idea that their helmet might not last as long as the ones they’ve had.
But it’s unclear whether scotches helmets are worth the investment.
While there are some helmets that come in more affordable options, such as the “scootie” helmet, there are also some that cost more, especially if you’re one of the rare few who has a full price tag on the scooties.
“Some of the newer scootiks that I see are pretty expensive, but not the most expensive,” said Dan Wieck, owner of Wiecks Scooter Company in Brampton, Ont.
“It’s kind of a mixed bag.”
While scooters are increasingly popular among millennials and young adults, some people aren’t happy with the cost.
“I don’t see how you can justify the price point of a helmet for someone who is over 65,” said Mike Zaremba, a retired Toronto firefighter who now works for a transportation company in Ontario.
“There’s a reason people like to go on scooters — they can ride them all day long.”
But some scooter riders aren’t buying into the helmet trend and are looking for a new ride.
“A lot of people just want to ride scooters because they have no choice,” said Scott Dolan, a former bike messenger who now owns a local bike shop called Big Dots.
“But some people don’t want to get hit by a car and are worried about their helmet not stopping them from getting into a crash.”
If you’re looking to buy a helmet, be prepared to pay a premium for it: The average cost of an existing scooter is $3,400, according a survey conducted in June by the Canadian Institute for Transportation Research.
The price of a new helmet could reach up to $20,000.
But some manufacturers have gone out of their way to make scooters affordable.
“You can pick up a new scooter at any grocery store, and they’re all the same price,” said Rob Rennie, owner and operator of Bike-Buster in Toronto.
“If you go to a big bike shop and buy a scooter, they’ll offer you a free helmet.”
In many cases, though, a helmet is just a piece of equipment that won’t make you any safer.
“When you get on a scooters, you’re putting yourself at risk for the consequences of not wearing a helmet,” said Rennies owner and scooter enthusiast, Mike Dolan.
“So why is that even a consideration?”
And in some cases, a new model might not even be worth it.
For example, if you don’t need to use a helmet because you don�t ride scootys, a brand-new scooter could be more of a hassle to ride than a new one.
For these scooty riders, a more affordable helmet may be the better option.