In 2005, we each had a car. Our daily commutes were about 20 miles in completely different directions, so moving closer to either workplace would not provide a net lifestyle improvement. Applying some creativity, we devised trip chaining with our bikes and Capital Metro that helped us save thousands of dollars per year (and allowed us to read many good books while riding on the bus).
Then, in 2007 and 2008, we purchased two used electric scooters with some of our accrued savings, thus avoiding getting back into our cars. Yes we still had our cars, mainly for sentimental reasons and out-of-town trips. The scooters were fantastic. Door-to-door transportation that saved us time and money! We then extended this concept in 2009 and 2010 when we sold one of our cars and traded in our used electric scooters for better European-made electric scooters. The range is 40+ miles (versus 20 miles on our previous scooters), and we ride as fast as traffic, or faster.
A commuter study performed in Belgium in 2012 concluded that if 1 in 10 people rode a scooter or motorcycle instead of driving a car, the reduction in traffic congestion would reduce commute times by 40% for everyone! This is because, as congestion increases, bikes, scooters and motorcycles take up less and less space relative to stalled or slowed cars .
Our scooters have saved us lots of money and many hours per week in commuting time, and eliminated parking costs too (scooters and motorcycles park for free at all City of Austin metered parking spots).
Mark and Audrey are happy to speak with anyone about the myriad other benefits they see using zero-emissions Govecs electric scooters. Visit them at Electric Avenue Scooters