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    Transportation Options

    Questions come up from time to time along the lines of ...

    what if we get sick or injured and can't cycle or walk ...
    what if we've got to take a pet to the vet ...
    what if ... various life things happen which make it too awkward to use human-powered transportation


    The answer is that there are options. Sometime you've got to read through the yellow pages to find those options ... it's fascinating what you find when you look through the yellow pages. Sometimes you've got to pay attention to the vehicles going by while you're standing at the bus stop ... read the side panels. Sometimes it is worth it to flip through the brochures while waiting in the Dr's office. And of course, Google can be our friend.


    I discovered this organisation which offers "social and non emergency medical transport to the frail aged and younger disabled". The fees are a little bit more than the bus, but not too bad, and you would likely be delivered right to the door. If I burned my foot to the bone here, like I have done in the past, I'd ring these people up to see if they might be able to transport me.
    Community Transport Services Tasmania :: Homepage


    I discovered this one while waiting for the bus and observing the vehicles passing by ... a pet taxi service! Their fees aren't too bad, they will assist with pet carriers, and will wait through the appointment.
    Home page Pet sitting


    Both Coles and Woolworths ... two of our large grocery chains have home deliver services as well. So if you're stuck at home sick, you can place an online order and have it delivered to your door.
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    And of course, many furniture and appliances places have home delivery options ... well worth it even if you do have a vehicle!



    There are no doubt heaps more of these examples. What are some in your area? What are some that you have used?

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    Regarding the vet... there is a mobile vet service in the area. I saw their converted RV one day while at Big Lots. Should I ever actually get a service animal and unable to make it to a vet for whatever reason, you can bet I'll be using them as a back-up.

    Groceries... there is a local chain that was experimenting with home delivery. I don't know if they still offer it, but it was in beta at a few select locations- and mine wasn't one of them . Luckily, the nearest store is easy walking distance and I can always send a child up there if need be (and have).
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    For weekend getaways, there are charter bus tours that most people are unaware of. They often include accommodations and show tickets or other perks.

    Day trips to casinos, theaters and sporting events are also good deals. The casino trips around here cost about $20 and include free chips. I can go to a Detroit Tigers game for $70 including the stadium admission. Local saloons sometimes have cheap bus trips to events that include beer and food.


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    We can take cats and small dogs by bus or taxi, as long as they're in pet carriers.


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    We really have to hope that internet taxi services like Urber take off in the next 25 years. Taxi service is fine but it's quite expensive at 20 dollars for 5 miles of service. That comes to about $4.00 dollars a mile on average. Too much.

    As crazy as it sounds, there are loads of people out there who are still hitching rides! I haven't seen any body in years do this because it's illegal. I would like to do this one day but I still have to find the courage.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
    As crazy as it sounds, there are loads of people out there who are still hitching rides! I haven't seen any body in years do this because it's illegal. I would like to do this one day but I still have to find the courage.
    I used to hitchhike a lot in college. Some of the rides were amazing, some sketchy.
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    I hitchhiked a lot in my youth--across this country and Canada a couple times, a few months in Europe, and around my local Detroit area almost every day. All this travel was before I turned 18 in 1973.

    My last trip was from Detroit to NYC in about 1978. I went with a female friend and we got good rides, mostly from truck drivers. I came home alone. I was stuck by the turnpike in the New Jersey suburbs for two days with no ride--in January with sub-zero temperatures at night. I finally had my sister wire me money for a bus ticket back to the Port Authority and then on to a direct bus to Detroit. I realized then that hitchhiking was pretty much dead, and haven't tried it since.
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    Yeah, good luck with the hitchhiking.
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    I've had problems getting my lawn mower repaired. That's a "transportation problem" because without a car, how would I transport my mower to a repair shop? I found an outfit in my area recently that specializes in "mobile mower repair". They come service your mower at your house. If necessary they will take the mower to their shop and bring it back, but that's probably rare.

    I have not actually used these folks yet but will probably try them out soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
    As crazy as it sounds, there are loads of people out there who are still hitching rides! I haven't seen any body in years do this because it's illegal.
    Are these loads of hitchhicking people invisible?

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    I hitchhiked to school every day in my senior year of high school (after getting kicked off the school bus). That was also my main mode of transportation in general back then. I got rides quickly. Rarely holding my thumb out for more than a few minutes. I doubt people pick you up like that anymore though, as freaked out as modern society is about the risk of violent behavior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Are these loads of hitchhicking people invisible?
    I was trying to think of a response to that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    I used to hitchhike a lot in college. Some of the rides were amazing, some sketchy.
    A friend of mine may have been the reason Ted Bundy took the passenger door handle off. She took a ride from him, got creeped out and opened the door and left. Sketchy, indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Are these loads of hitchhicking people invisible?
    I see at most one person every year or two hitchhiking. It's probably more common in certain regions or countries.


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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Are these loads of hitchhicking people invisible?
    I haven't seen them in years because they're on highways or near ramps. Since I don't drive anymore, I've yet to see a hitchhicker in years.

    There are two bridges I live close to and both have no pedestrian/bicycle walkways. I was thinking of creating a sign that says, "10.00 dollars, drive me over bridge". You would think this is crazy but it's actually $12.00 dollars to cross each by car and about $45.00 dollars by taxi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    I see at most one person every year or two hitchhiking. It's probably more common in certain regions or countries.
    I was told that women have an easier time getting rides then men. Reason being that other women will see a female "hitcher" and save her from being killed thus going out of their way to pick her up. I remember hearing a woman say she has no trouble getting rides and will only board with women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter S View Post
    I've had problems getting my lawn mower repaired. That's a "transportation problem" because without a car, how would I transport my mower to a repair shop? I found an outfit in my area recently that specializes in "mobile mower repair". They come service your mower at your house. If necessary they will take the mower to their shop and bring it back, but that's probably rare.

    I have not actually used these folks yet but will probably try them out soon.
    This is the first post I've read that actually lists a real transportation problem. The problem is that most mowers don't fit well even in a car (rules out many compact rentals...). You probably can't take it on the bus or in a cab.

    My solution has been to learn how to repair it myself, just heading over to the hardware store for parts. I even sharpen the blades.

    But when it absolutely does have to head out to the shop, I have to find someone with a big car or a truck. Luckily hasn't been a problem in the last 7/8 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
    I was told that women have an easier time getting rides then men. Reason being that other women will see a female "hitcher" and save her from being killed thus going out of their way to pick her up. I remember hearing a woman say she has no trouble getting rides and will only board with women.
    When I used to hitchhike it was often a few of us at once. If there was a girl in the bunch we would lay low while she stuck her thumb out and then we'd show up when a car stopped. It wasn't women stopping though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter S View Post
    I've had problems getting my lawn mower repaired. That's a "transportation problem" because without a car, how would I transport my mower to a repair shop? I found an outfit in my area recently that specializes in "mobile mower repair". They come service your mower at your house. If necessary they will take the mower to their shop and bring it back, but that's probably rare.

    I have not actually used these folks yet but will probably try them out soon.
    Depends on the mower... I fix my own, order parts online. In the past I have transported a push mower by strapping it across the top of my saddle baskets on my Schwinn Heavy Duty, towing it with the handle strapped to the rear rack (low speeds residential area 3-4 blocks) and putting it on a home built trailer. I know my bigger riding mowers are in the 200#-300# range, while they could be handled on a trailer it would me a load.

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    My son used to haul a push mower behind his bike and went around to find mowing jobs. IIRC, he used a rope to tow it and carried a gas can in his hands. In the winter he dragged a snow shovel behind the bike--it made a terrible noise.

    Now there's craigslist....


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    To the vet or to the State Park is no problem:



    I got a tag sticker for the truck two months ago, put it on the tag and it hasn't left the driveway since. I'm thinking of just getting rid of it. I have kept it to get Cheryl to her doctor's appointments.

    We found that Cheryl's Medicaid will provide transportation to and from any visit that Medicaid pays for. We've used it twice without problems, and actually like the service. I think it might spell the end of the truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    This is the first post I've read that actually lists a real transportation problem. The problem is that most mowers don't fit well even in a car (rules out many compact rentals...). You probably can't take it on the bus or in a cab.

    My solution has been to learn how to repair it myself, just heading over to the hardware store for parts. I even sharpen the blades.

    But when it absolutely does have to head out to the shop, I have to find someone with a big car or a truck. Luckily hasn't been a problem in the last 7/8 years.
    A flatbed bicycle trailer would solve the problem of transporting a mower, unless it's a ride-on, motorised version.

    Or depending on the distance to the repair shop, walk it.

    I remember as a teenage kid walking the trailer on which there was a 12' sailboat to and from the launching ramp, about a mile away from home. The boat wasn't exactly a lightweight, and getting it up one hill was a bit of a chore. But I was young, fit and strong, so it worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    I hitchhiked a lot in my youth--across this country and Canada a couple times, a few months in Europe, and around my local Detroit area almost every day. All this travel was before I turned 18 in 1973.

    My last trip was from Detroit to NYC in about 1978. I went with a female friend and we got good rides, mostly from truck drivers. I came home alone. I was stuck by the turnpike in the New Jersey suburbs for two days with no ride--in January with sub-zero temperatures at night....
    D'uh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    A flatbed bicycle trailer would solve the problem of transporting a mower, unless it's a ride-on, motorised version.

    Or depending on the distance to the repair shop, walk it.

    I remember as a teenage kid walking the trailer on which there was a 12' sailboat to and from the launching ramp, about a mile away from home. The boat wasn't exactly a lightweight, and getting it up one hill was a bit of a chore. But I was young, fit and strong, so it worked.

    With the right trailer and low enough gearing you could even transport a riding mower... People move amazing loads with a bicycle.

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