A group of more than 1,500 scooter riders took part in a flash mob on the Taipei Bridge on Sunday morning, setting another world record. The Taiwan-based e-scooter corporation Gogoro invited riders from other competitors such as YAMAHA, A Motor to join the event for the first time.
The so-called “a silent revolution with zero CO2 releasing when riding,” Gogoro launched the annual flash mob in 2016. There were 1,303 riders participating in the event last year which broke the world record as well.
This year, the number set a new record, as more than 1,500 riders started preparing for the flash mob from 3 a.m. despite the pouring rain. Riders even formed the words “Go World” to show the world how Taiwan has been successful in this innovative industry.
The e-scooter market in Taiwan has been expanding in recent years. The industry giant Gogoro was founded in 2011 and launched the first model of Smartscooter in 2015. In August this year, Gogoro launched GoShare, a scooter-sharing service following the competing e-scooter brand WeMo who launched such service in 2016.
Taiwan possesses extremely high density of motorcycles. Whether the e-scooter, which claims to be cleaner and more sustainable, could replace traditional motorcycles is yet to know.
By Carol Kan