Alternative Transportation for City Dwellers

Author: Lauren Ross

Bike Share Indianapolis Street View With Sign

Majestic skyscrapers, trendy cuisine, and fun attractions are just a few of many exciting features of city life. If you love to be close to home football games, popular music festivals, and pristine parks, then you should consider renting an apartment in the city. As lively and fun as city life is, there is one thing that many city dwellers despise: driving.

The streets are often narrow and jam-packed with commuters, which can cause major roadblocks and frustration. Maybe you’ve considered public transit to get around the metro? City trains and buses are suitable options for maneuvering about; however, there are other methods of transportation to consider. Check out these transportation alternatives that can save you money, while providing you extra mobile independence.

You’ve rented a car right? Well, the new way of getting from point A to point B (without the prior paperwork) is through car sharing. Car sharing services are popping up all over major metropolitan areas; they give users the car ownership experience without the maintenance expenses. Service companies have made it incredibly easy for users to acquire a vehicle, by creating a mobile reservation app and convenient pick-up/drop-off stations around town.

Members can reserve a vehicle for as long –or little- as they wish. Whether a reservation is for an hour, or a day, each vehicle includes a gas card and insurance coverage. Many big businesses, universities, and government institutions have partnered with car sharing companies to provide city residents a more efficient, less costly way to travel.

Similar to car sharing, bike sharing programs are taking over some major cities by storm. Bike sharing is relatively inexpensive for users. Traveling by bicycle is a great way to practice green-living and promote a healthy lifestyle. Many people who work downtown take transit, but usually have to walk a few blocks after their stop due to transit “dead zones” – a part of the route that the transit can’t reach. With bike sharing services installed, transit riders can hop on a bike and get to work faster.

Bikes used in bike sharing programs are usually sturdier, equipped with advance anti-theft features, and are easily accessible to members. Providers, such as Zagster, often join forces with colleges, employers, and apartment communities to give users a transportation alternative that is good for their health as well as the environment.

San Francisco isn’t the only city that utilizes the streetcar – but they’re famous for it! Atlanta recently implemented the Atlanta Streetcar Project, with a goal to provide residents, workers, and students more mobility within the metro. Streetcars have been seen as a more attractive choice in transportation and they’re eco-friendly!

Last but certainly not least, transportation network companies (TNC), such as Uber and Lyft, are making waves in urban areas. Passengers that use TNC’s can easily request a pick-up, track drivers’ whereabouts, and pay fare all from their mobile app. This ride sharing service is ideal for people going out on the town, or for users who need a lift to the airport, train station, market, etc.