Scooterdude

By - 1/16/12 - 3:58 pm

Scooterdude reports some of the less-than-favorable reactions he gets from people, including the ever popular "get a job!" and motorists who scream at him about taking up valuable road space. Also:

There's the 'deer-in-the-headlights' reaction when a pedestrian crossing against the traffic light steps right in front of the Wind-scooter, stops and, stunned, waits for there to be a collision. Fortunately, both my skill

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By - 8/8/10 - 1:18 pm

Scooterdude, who normally plies the air currents around the Hancock with his sail-equipped scooter, goes over to Castle Island with his new sail, only to run into immediate opposition from park rangers:

"THERE'S NONE OF THAT HERE. YOU CAN SKATEBOARD (dubious!) on the walk or sail out there on the water, but you can't do both. We just sent two to the hospital for

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By - 7/25/10 - 1:36 pm

Scooterdude updates us on the impending arrival of his new multi-colored, professional-grade sail.

By - 6/7/10 - 9:03 am

Most people, when a fast-moving rain line comes racing right at you, would seek shelter. But where's the challenge in that? Scooterdude (you know, the guy who flies around Copley Square on his sail-equipped scooter) reports he rode that wave:

... The best way to describe it - catching a huge wave of 'surf' and managing to ride it four to five blocks

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By - 12/30/09 - 9:24 am

Scooterdude discusses the challenges of sailing around Copley Square on a scooter when the wind chill is below zero:

... It should be noted here that a secondary invention was extremely useful in keeping my nose and the rest of my exposed face from the bitter cold. I've discovered that the plastic sail provides an excellent temporary solar-warmed, wind-protective 'tent' as I headed back

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By - 12/6/09 - 2:16 pm

Photoessay on Richard Coit, a.k.a. Scooterdude, the guy you can see on windy days sailing around the square with a scooter and plastic sail - who reports he lost 20 pounds when he first took up his hobby.

By - 6/22/09 - 8:43 am

Scooterdude, the guy you see sailing around Copley Square with his plastic sail, was out yesterday enjoying a ride (yes, in the rain), when a family got out of a car and walked to the center of the park with a flag and then stood there:

... I approached them and asked about the flag and their purpose.

They explained that it was the

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By - 3/19/09 - 10:07 am

Scooterdude (the guy you see sailing around Copley Square on the wind-powered scooter) reports yesterday was a great day for sailing - aside from the two spills caused by a collapsing sail:

... The gusts were sustained but also in the correct direction. For long rides and skillful maneuvers there’s nothing that can beat a strong westerly flow from the Tower, across the front

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By - 12/29/08 - 11:40 am

Scooterdude, the guy you see floating around Copley Square on a scooter powered by wind filling his plastic-bag sail, reports on conditions during a ride yesterday evening:

... The physical pressure of the strong winds combined with the visual of red lights flashing and the audio of the horns [from passing firetrucks] made for the perfect effect that everything had been choreographed and timed.

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By - 9/14/08 - 12:54 pm

Scooterdude, that guy you see sailing around Copley Square on a scooter and a sail made out of a plastic bag, reports a Tokyo news crew spent some time videoing him recently:

... Perfect weather, gusty winds, to catch the scooter-sailing on video and carry the images off to Japan. ...

By - 7/29/08 - 11:40 am

He's the guy you see sailing around Copley Square on a skateboard with a plastic sail. He reports on his excursion late Saturday night:

I found it strange that there were more than the usual number of detractors and disbelievers, the ones who only have comments like, "Try getting a better sail! Ha!" or, "As if that's going to work, you idiot! You suck!"

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By - 3/8/08 - 10:06 pm

He dances with his scooter, sometimes with it on his head.

By - 2/28/08 - 10:44 pm

Scooterdude, the guy you see floating around Copley Square on a scooter powered by a windblown plastic sail, has a blog. And he does more than just scoot.

By - 6/5/07 - 10:14 pm

Chicago? Hah! Here's how windy it was in Copley Square early this evening: