More commuters scooting about in Kansas City

Ric and Joanna Shewell of Kansas City own three vehicles, and the gas guzzler in the bunch is a Toyota Corolla that gets 31 miles per gallon.

She drives a hybrid car that gets 45 mpg, and he rides a Honda Metropolitan scooter that will go about 100 miles on a single gallon of gas.

"I have to fill up about every three weeks," Ric Shewell, 24, said this week as he strapped on his helmet for the ride back to the couple’s Waldo home. "And it costs like $5."

Probably more like $6 now — a 1½-gallon tank at $4 a gallon — but Shewell gets a pass on the math. After all, he hasn’t been to the gas station since June.

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