I also drive (30 mile commute to work) but in my town a very common mode of transportation is mopeds. I've seen at least 5-6 different ones at the stores in town. Some are gas, some are electric. Seems like a very cheap and fun way to get around. We have ZERO public transportation, so people get creative around here. (I've seen 4-wheelers as well.)

Nashville started with electric scooters a year or so ago. Nashville's current mayor, David Briley, wants all scooters removed from the city because of the hazards they present. One of those hazards is the possibility of death because of the driver of either vehicle not paying attention or following the rules of the road. One person has died so far from an accident involving a scooter. Many of the people who use the scooters take them to places that they shouldn't be in such as around hospital emergency rooms, in front of Federal buildings, etc. MOST of the people using these scooters from Lyft, Byrd, and Uber, leave the vehicles parked in areas that block public access, are a danger to handicapped and blind people, etc. These are some of the reasons that Mayor Briley has given for these things to be banned. So far the city/county council have not banned them but instead have given them a period of time to get their act together before imposing such a harsh penalty. 

  Not to sound like the poster child for the criminally insane, my wife and I have done the math to find that, while we would love to do without our $450 a month vehicle expense, it is cheaper to drive (have a vehicle) than several alternatives available to us... for our situation.

   As retired homeowners in a sleepy suburban condo with literally nothing in walking or bicycling distance it would cost us more than that $450 a month to move anywhere on the planet and that includes moving across the street. Our condo mortgage is $400/mo and the maintenance of $220/mo cannot rent (or buy) anything, anywhere. We would be paying very close to $620 per month for a studio apartment and what we have is a 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath condo unit. Looking closer, the expense is actually $275/mo. per person for our vehicle. 

   Our vehicle will be paid in full within six months reducing our expense by $280 a month for several years before it will need to be replaced, barring accident or costly repair unforeseen. That will free up that amount that can be saved (with interest). 

   We could qualify for senior transportation in our community but that's not the case for others so it's important to look at all costs and options. A blind person who cannot drive is a different situation than a person who is looking to give up their vehicles for the budget booster of not driving. We could reduce our cost by renting a vehicle for two or three days per month and come out ahead. We may be able to get Uber / Doordash services for less than $450/mo. OR... we could end up paying far more by needing an ambulance for ER and medical needs. 

   The cheapest way, to answer the posed question, is definitely by foot; however, everyone's mileage (literally) and resources will vary. Single people, working couples, families with children each have their own practical and impractical options and solutions. 

MountainFan posted:

I also drive (30 mile commute to work) but in my town a very common mode of transportation is mopeds. I've seen at least 5-6 different ones at the stores in town. Some are gas, some are electric. Seems like a very cheap and fun way to get around. We have ZERO public transportation, so people get creative around here. (I've seen 4-wheelers as well.)

I don't see any of those around here.  I am not sure I would be good at using one.

Ray Taylor Tetreault posted:

  Not to sound like the poster child for the criminally insane, my wife and I have done the math to find that, while we would love to do without our $450 a month vehicle expense, it is cheaper to drive (have a vehicle) than several alternatives available to us... for our situation.

   As retired homeowners in a sleepy suburban condo with literally nothing in walking or bicycling distance it would cost us more than that $450 a month to move anywhere on the planet and that includes moving across the street. Our condo mortgage is $400/mo and the maintenance of $220/mo cannot rent (or buy) anything, anywhere. We would be paying very close to $620 per month for a studio apartment and what we have is a 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath condo unit. Looking closer, the expense is actually $275/mo. per person for our vehicle. 

   Our vehicle will be paid in full within six months reducing our expense by $280 a month for several years before it will need to be replaced, barring accident or costly repair unforeseen. That will free up that amount that can be saved (with interest). 

   We could qualify for senior transportation in our community but that's not the case for others so it's important to look at all costs and options. A blind person who cannot drive is a different situation than a person who is looking to give up their vehicles for the budget booster of not driving. We could reduce our cost by renting a vehicle for two or three days per month and come out ahead. We may be able to get Uber / Doordash services for less than $450/mo. OR... we could end up paying far more by needing an ambulance for ER and medical needs. 

   The cheapest way, to answer the posed question, is definitely by foot; however, everyone's mileage (literally) and resources will vary. Single people, working couples, families with children each have their own practical and impractical options and solutions. 

You certainly have done your research.  Kudos to you!

AverageJoe posted:

Nashville started with electric scooters a year or so ago. Nashville's current mayor, David Briley, wants all scooters removed from the city because of the hazards they present. One of those hazards is the possibility of death because of the driver of either vehicle not paying attention or following the rules of the road. One person has died so far from an accident involving a scooter. Many of the people who use the scooters take them to places that they shouldn't be in such as around hospital emergency rooms, in front of Federal buildings, etc. MOST of the people using these scooters from Lyft, Byrd, and Uber, leave the vehicles parked in areas that block public access, are a danger to handicapped and blind people, etc. These are some of the reasons that Mayor Briley has given for these things to be banned. So far the city/county council have not banned them but instead have given them a period of time to get their act together before imposing such a harsh penalty. 

I will be interesting to see what they decide to do.

It seems like Nashville is going to eliminate the scooters. Mayor Briley was just defeated for another term as Mayor in last nights election, and I believe his replacement is going to be in favor of eliminating the as well. They have become a nuisance in Nashville as they are left where they're not supposed to be in the first place, don't adhere to the rules of the road, and are used to commit crimes with less suspicion. They're responsible for many auto accidents and hitting pedestrians as well. Though I see the need for other modes of transportation in the area, I believe that they need to go.

Add Reply

Likes (3)
monir sheikhlori wulffBriana
×
×
×
×