in semi-rural MI? Specifically Hamburg, MI with a daily commute into downtown Ann Arbor. Currently I live in NYC and I haven't owned a car for over three years. I have always done my bit as far as minimizing driving for unessential tasks but I always 'owned' a car and kept the insurance paid on it even as it sat most of the time. Thats relatively easy in Staten Island but in Brooklyn the alternate side parking killed me. I wasn't used to it. It was the best thing when the city towed it for parking tickets although I didn't see it that way at the time. But now I am looking to get out of NYC entirely. For less than what I pay for my illegal basement rental I am going to live in an 1100sq ft farmhouse on two acres. I have a job interview this Thursday and Friday in AA. Wish me luck. But I have enough hassles with figuring out how to get myself from NYC to MI with what stuff I have (two tandems, two folders among them) without needing to do the $1000.00 used car gamble.
My new landlord says there are no mass transit options. I believe him but I would like to know if anyone knows just how far the AATS does extend and whether I could say bike seven of the fourteen miles to the city and bus it the rest of the way. I've also been looking hard at the Ego electric moped. It has a 20 mile range but that would be under ideal wind and terrain conditions. Does anyone know how the land lies in that area? Is it hilly? Would an electric vehicle manage a 14mi one way commute? I can probably recharge at work. Unfortunately the Ego isn't really a moped, it does not have pedals so I really have to have the range in the batteries. There is another similar vehicle, the Izip - HG1000 that does have pedals and a similar layout to the Ego but I don't know... ... it 'only' has a 350W motor compared to the 1.5KW Ego motor. Any thoughts? TIA!