The economic downturn has brought an unexpected bonus: the sight of grown men on scooters has disappeared from the streets of Silicon Valley.
The symbol of the dotcom craze, the scooter and short baggy pants, has at last gone the way of the Bay City Rollers, the Rubik's cube and the plastic boob tube.
Analysts who find the time to ponder such things have concluded that the only reason for the scooter slump is that the push cyclists have shifted to more traditional modes of transport because they are miserable about their job prospects.
"Scooters were all about happiness and fun. With all the job cuts in Silicon Valley and [the events of] 11 September, no one is feeling fun anymore," said Valley-based analyst Peter Scot of Jones and Cartwright.
Even scooter advocates like San Francisco online learning company DigitalThink, which still has 300 scooters allowing staff to 'link' their offices, admits that its days are numbered.
DigitalThink spokeswoman Monica Noordam said the scooters were seen as "cool, hip and fun", but that the fad was now over.
San Francisco retailer Sharper Image has reported a 20 per cent drop in sales and blamed the dotcom nose dive for the bottom dropping out of its scooter trade.
Nationally, scooter sales peaked last Christmas and it has been estimated that more than 12 million were made in the US alone.
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