As I think is the case with most families, my husband and I have two vehicles. Unlike most families, though, only one of them is a car; the other is a Vespa.
Last week when my mother-in-law was in town I got to go out alone with my husband on the Vespa. Because we do not normally leave the baby with a sitter, I have only been able to do this one other time since Sammy was born. I love riding on the back of the bike.
We didn’t go anywhere very exciting — just to Trader Joe’s. That’s right, we went grocery shopping and considered it a date. Oh well. In the parking lot, playing the game of Tetris that is storing groceries in the trunk and under the seat (incidentally, it is amazing how much you can fit into one of these things), the man parked next to us asked if it was a Vespa. We said yes and he asked how much it cost. Though afterwards the question struck me as a little rude, at the time we just answered: pretty cheap, about four grand for the ET2, five or six for the faster models. We were surprised when he looked askance at our calling it cheap until we realized that for most people a scooter would be a toy, a weekend-only item, whereas my husband commuted to work all winter on it, even in the rain, and we use it for every possible errand. For a second car, $4000 can’t be beat. (You could get a used car for less, but if we’re talking new my point stands.) And at something like 75 miles per gallon…only a bicycle would be more efficient, but it would be harder to get to Sherman Oaks.
Anyway, this led me to wonder how other people get around town. What’s your primary vehicle (if you have one)? Do you have a secondary vehicle? If you’re a couple or family, what’s the vehicle breakdown? Do you have a vehicle that’s just for fun? Do you ride public transportation? Tell me everything!
Photo by astrovine, found at Flickr and used under a Creative Commons license.