‘Sylvan’, one of my Amish friends in Lancaster County, runs a scooter workshop in addition to milking cows.
In Lancaster County and related settlements, you rarely see bicycles–in Lancaster, for instance, there are only a few church districts I’m aware of that seem to allow them.
I’ve also seen scooters in use among the Amish of Allen County, Indiana, and I’d imagine they’d be found in other areas that adhere to a somewhat stricter Ordnung.
Sylvan says that his pink line has never really taken off. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pink one on the road. Green, red, and blue are the most popular colors.
Midwestern Amish in contrast to their Lancaster counterparts tend to be a lot more open to using bikes–the Amish around Arthur, Illinois and those in Lagrange/Elkhart counties come to mind right away. The men there often use them to ride to jobs in the local garage door and RV plants.
I’m also acquainted with an Amishman in northern Indiana who manufactures the recumbent bike–the one that looks like a cross between a bicycle and a recliner. This particular ride is a hit in a number of the more progressive settlements. Sort of a luxury comfort ride on the spectrum of two-wheeled non-motorized transport.Enjoy this post? Subscribe by email to get updates from Amish America: