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This year, Emily B., 14, of Oak Park, Ill., won't be getting rides from her mom to school. She'll be scooting to class instead.
Emily is among a growing number of kids (and adults) who are relying on these souped-up skateboards to give them a leg up on their daily commute. She says a scooter is much more convenient than in-line skates, which require her to tote around shoes in her backpack.
"If you Rollerblade, you know how it is when you go in a store: No Rollerblades allowed. So it takes about five minutes just to take off the blades and strap on some shoes," Emily says. Her scooter, a JD Razor 2000, folds up in seconds and fits in her locker.
Convenience isn't the only thing about scooters that's …