Living in a city comes with its share of challenges. Housing and food can quickly add up for young professionals who are working with a budget. There’s also the added cost of transportation. Getting around, especially during rush hour, can be both stressful and expensive if you’re not careful to have a transportation plan. We came up with some tips and tricks for getting to and from service and work, along with other places where you’re likely to run errands often.
Channel your inner Chris Froome (who just won the Tour de France in case you didn’t know) and get those bicycle wheels spinning. Biking is an excellent way to get a quick round of cardio in before your first cup of coffee. Biking in a city can be challenging, so if you haven’t been two-wheeling it much recently, try practicing in a park or open space first to strengthen your balance. Biking through a city can often be one of the fastest ways to get around.
You might be thinking: “This was supposed to be an article about how we can save money. I don’t want to go out and buy a brand-new bike!” Well, have no fear, we have a solution for that – bike sharing apps. Many cities now offer bike sharing programs, which allows you to use a subscription to take a bicycle from one dock and return it to another. By signing up for one of these services, you don’t have to worry about buying a lock or having your bicycle get stolen. It’s a win-win! You can search online to find out which bike sharing services are available in your city. Also, be sure to keep an eye out on the internet for discounts as these companies often offer deals for signing up.
If your city does not have a bike sharing app, we’d recommend checking out Craigslist to see if anyone is selling a used bike. This is one of the best places to find people looking to sell bikes at a cheap price.
Ride Sharing Deals
Ride sharing apps aren’t usually the most cost-effective ways of getting around. However, sometimes your bike may have a flat or your bus might break down, and you’ll need a backup plan. Thankfully, these services often provide a number of discounts during any given month. Be sure to search the name of a local ride sharing service plus “discount” on Twitter every so often to see anything pops up. Also, make sure to check your email folders. Many of these companies regularly email a number of different deals and you don’t want to miss them. Additionally, if you don’t have access to a discount, some services have a carpool feature. These are cheaper alternatives where you will share a ride with a few other riders all going to the same general area.
Speaking of riding with others, sharing is caring! If you have a car and are driving to your school, check in with some of your fellow teammates at your school to see if they are coming from a similar direction. If you carpool, you’ll save money on gas, reduce your carbon footprint and maybe even make some new friends in the process.
Public transportation is often the most cost-effective way to get around a city, but even that can begin to add up. Most trips on a subway or bus can cost between $1.50 - $3.00, and some may range higher. Thankfully, there are ways to save money here. Firstly, some of the cities where City Year serves have free public transportation deals. If this is not the case for your site, look into monthly passes. If you are using public transportation every day, a monthly pass will save you a significant amount of money. Additionally, you’ll have unlimited rides so you’ll be able to use a subway or a bus whenever you want. Now, we know that sometimes bus and train routes may not be convenient, depending on where you need to travel. It may seem that your school is located far from the nearest station or bus stop. Thankfully, we have a solution: bring a bike! Just be sure to check with your local transportation company to make sure you are allowed to bring your bike on board first, though. Bus or train, then bike, and you’ll be at school in no time.