Ride-hailing, Rentals, and Car Shares
|Ride. Ride. Ride. Hitchin a ride.|
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I have only ever done ride-hailing a few times on one particular trip to Arlington/DC. It was a pretty okay experience (The ride hailing was okay. The rest of the trip was AWESOME). Before I did it though I was pretty nervous. I don't think this nervousness has any basis in fact. I just am not so sure of the idea of a stranger driving me around alone in a car--usually at night. For some reason I am fine with a stranger driving a bus at any time of day. It's more public for one thing. Also, I may have teeny-tiny control issues. I know some folks who are drivers, and I would totally trust them to drive me around. I feel silly to be nervous about it but there it is.
Enterprise (who will pick me up!) is just a little way down busy Chicago street from me. If I needed to get further out than Sherman Hospital and knew about it in advance it seems like Enterprise would be the way to go cost wise. Still at $31 something a day that seems like a lot. If I had to do it often for a prolonged period of time it would be cost prohibitive. Which leaves me with the question, what about a car share?
|Talking about cars. Looking at bikes. :)|
Zipcar is in Chicago but not out here. Do they go to smaller cities? What other car shares are out there? It seems like it would make a lot more economic sense to share a car for a few hours rather than rent one for a whole day. I am certain that I am not the only one who would use such a service in Elgin. What does it take to make something like that happen?
Now, in my ideal world I am traveling almost everywhere on my bike anyway. In my ideal world that bike has an electric assist--so no matter how tired I am it would take me about the same amount of time to bike there as hail a ride anyway (and cost less!). In my ideal world that bike is a Tern GSD (please excuse the drool on my keyboard). But since life is never ideal, it would be nice to have the three options of ride-hailing, renting, and car sharing in my back pocket. In fact, I'm pretty sure if a car share was in place in Elgin, the Mazda would already be sold. Dream big, right?