By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Inspired by her son, Christopher, JoAnn Fletcher of Little Falls has started the Little Falls Scooter/Moped Club.
“Since I was 16, I have wanted a scooter,” said Fletcher. “A motorcycle seemed too fast and since I am disabled, a bicycle was too difficult.”
Fletcher has a bone disease called hereditary multiple exostosis, which creates noncancerous bone tumors, or the formation of bone on bone. She has had multiple operations to remove them.
What she wanted was something slower so she could enjoy the scenery while riding, yet fast enough to go on the streets.
So Fletcher found a Yamaha 50cc Vino in May 2013 which travels about 35 – 40 miles per hour.
“It was very easy to learn how to ride it,” she said. The bike starts with both a key and kick start. There is no shifting, just a throttle which determines the speed.
Fletcher said she is a very social animal and wanted to ride with others. That’s when Christopher said she ought to start a scooter club.
“I got business cards made up and whenever I see another scooter parked, I will stop and put a card on the bike,” she said. “That way they will know about the club.”
She also created a group page on Facebook first, then later on Craig’s List. So far, there are 11 members of the Little Falls Scooter/Moped Club.
The club is not restricted to 50cc scooters. All scooters are welcome, even those with motorcycle endorsements.
What she wanted when she started the club was whenever a member was going riding, they would post the time and place on the Facebook page so others in the club could join. But there are enough club members without Internet service, that for now, the club members will meet at Casey’s on West Broadway each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and ride from there.
Fletcher said when the ride is done, the group will decide which route to take the following week. The average ride is 30 miles.
“This is something Christopher and I can do together,” she said. “As a single parent, it’s a fun, healthy activity for the both of us.”
For more information, contact Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org