The tragic death of a 26-year-old sailor stationed at the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base adds to the growing concern about the safety of mopeds, scooters, e-scooters, and e-bicycles, as well as other alternative forms of transportation in Maine.
The Kitsap Sun referred to the vehicle on which the submariner crashed as both a “scooter” and a “motorcycle,” although the Yamaha Chappy, produced in the 1970s and 1980s, would be characterized as a moped under Maine’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles because it has a motor that reaches up to 50 cc’s (compared to a scooter, which doesn’t exceed 25 cc’s). Most mopeds top out at speeds of 40 mph, but some larger models can go faster.
Although mopeds haven’t historically been a common way of getting around cities like Portland and Bangor, that does seem to be changing. Traffic safety officials and Maine injury attorneys are paying closer attention.