Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    38,092
    Mentioned
    25 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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.
    Home Delivered Groceries | Home Delivery | Shop Online With Coles
    Woolworths Online


    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?

  2. #2
    Super Moderator no1mad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    NE OK
    My Bikes
    '06 Kona Smoke
    Posts
    7,671
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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).
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Ride what and in what manner pleases you. Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. srsly.
    Community guidelines

  3. #3
    Sophomoric Member Roody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Dancing in Lansing
    Posts
    20,395
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.


    "Think Outside the Cage"

  4. #4
    Sophomoric Member Roody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Dancing in Lansing
    Posts
    20,395
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    We can take cats and small dogs by bus or taxi, as long as they're in pet carriers.


    "Think Outside the Cage"

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    6,128
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.


  6. #6
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,198
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

  7. #7
    Sophomoric Member Roody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Dancing in Lansing
    Posts
    20,395
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Last edited by Roody; 07-31-14 at 01:48 AM.


    "Think Outside the Cage"

  8. #8
    Senior Member catonec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    burlington VT.
    Posts
    2,221
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah, good luck with the hitchhiking.
    2010 Kestrel RT900SL, 800k carbon, chorus/record, speedplay, zonda
    1997 Trek ZX6000, 6061w/manitou spyder, xt/xtr, time atac

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Decatur, GA. USA
    My Bikes
    Surly Long Haul Disc Trucker, Canondale F300
    Posts
    730
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  10. #10
    Been Around Awhile I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Burlington Iowa
    My Bikes
    Vaterland and Ragazzi
    Posts
    19,565
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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?

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Decatur, GA. USA
    My Bikes
    Surly Long Haul Disc Trucker, Canondale F300
    Posts
    730
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Decatur, GA. USA
    My Bikes
    Surly Long Haul Disc Trucker, Canondale F300
    Posts
    730
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •