The New Minutemen: Scooters Saving Lives

By Jack Lewis, Photography by Shasta Willson, Alon Tuval, Jack Lewis

I wonder why we can't do that here.

In '07, Harley-Davidson offered eight free bikes to New York City for an EMS pilot program and the fire department turned them down flat. "Unsafe," FDNY called it-even as NYPD sewed up a million-dollar purchase from Harley.

Here in the States, we don't have a problem putting police on bikes. But when the payload is ventilators and pressure bandages instead of guns and ticket books, suddenly motorcycles are too dangerous to consider. The opportunity cost is lives-but then, with some 300 million citizens, maybe we just have more lives to spend.

Or maybe we've decided it's more important to fine speeders and escort politicians than to rescue our countrymen.

While you perused this article, an Israeli scooter medic from ZAKA, MDA or Hatzalah cheated Death by cutting the track during rush hour. Back here in the States, somebody's 4 minutes expired while an ambulance driver pounded his steering wheel in frustration, desperately trying to imagine a way through, over, between the lethal gridlock.

Because motorcycles are dangerous.

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