Hot Wheels

By Carol Tisch March 1, 2009

Get Smart Driven by Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code and Steve Martin in The Pink Panther, the Smart ForTwo ($11,990 to $19,275) gets 46.3 mpg in the city (70.6 on the highway) with a top speed of 90 mph.  There’s a waiting list, so get in line. Wilde Smart Center Sarasota, 4821 Clark Road, Sarasota (941) 924-3019.

You Go, Girl Retro and classic, the “Gypsy” from Electra ($519.99) retains the cool looks but discards the weight and maneuverability issues of cruisers gone by. Sarasota femmes love the seamless gear changes, hot pink spokes and more. Village Bikes,

Green Movement is at your fingertips with the Segway Personal Transporter. With one-fourteenth of the greenhouse gas emissions of a car, it has two speeds (6 mph and 12.5 mph) and goes 24 miles on a charge. $4,600 at Segway of Sarasota (at Chrysler), 6826 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 922-0711. 

Dump the Pump The high-end A2B from Ultra Motors (estimated retail $2,699) is the most coveted new electric bike on the market, with speeds up to 20 mph and a fan base from sophisticated commuters to college campus cruisers. Booty Scooters, 850 S. River Road, Englewood, (941) 474-6550. 

Heaven’s Angels make Thunder on the Bay in low-impact electric scooters like the Zapino ($3,495) from ZAPworld (ZAP is an acronym for Zero Air Pollution). Go up to 30 miles per hour with this affordable city commuter. and

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