With gas kissing three bucks in my area, I took the plunge on a factory refurbished Bladez XTR Street II electric scooter. It cost me $259. Thanks, July and August Cryptogon contributors. You guys just took my car off the road for the morning and afternoon office commutes.
Obviously, "corn jettas and fart scooters
" aren't viable, long term solutions to the world's energy crisis. (HA! Far from it.) But having this scooter will allow me to put more money into the farm and less money into my car's gas tank.
I live about five miles from work. I didn't opt for a bike because I sweat like a pig with relatively little effort. I didn't feel like sitting, cube ridden, in my own stench all day at work. The scooter is fun to ride and seems like a great solution. It will make even more sense as gas prices continue to rise.
If you're interested in ditching your car for short commutes, and a bike doesn't fit your needs, here are the best EV options:Good: Bladez PTVsBetter: Goped ESRBest: eGo Cycle 2
If Peak Oil becomes a die-off scale event, survivors' long term transportation plans should probably include the shoe leather express and/or horses. Bikes with LOTS of spare parts (tires, chains, cables, etc.) could be useful. Lots of people are planning on running tractors on biofuels. Fine. Stock up on tires, hoses, gaskets, etc. Your community will want to post a 24 hour armed guard around those goods, but that's another matter entirely.