Have you ever thought of getting an e-bike, boosted board or some other electric-powered personal vehicle [PV]? I didn’t until the 2020 pandemic housed us all and the planet seemed to take a short breather from our fossil fuel addiction.
In the summer, restrictions began to be lifted and we were encouraged to cycle to work. Interestingly, this is not as crazy as it might first seem. According to a pre-lockdown article in SME News, the average commute time in the UK was 62 minutes a day, with 15% of workers commuting for 102 minutes or more.
The article went on to say that the average round-trip journey is just 23 miles, while 14% of commuters travel over 42 miles a day. Given these statistics, the prospect of cycling may not be our preferred choice. I know a lot of people decided to exploit their lockdown exercise time. But, many including myself still managed to pile on some lockdown timber.
However, unless it snows, it makes a lot of sense to look at investing in a PV of some sort. They make the perfect solution for so many of us, no parking fees, license, registration, or petrol needed. You get where you need without the hassle of public transport or taking the car and dealing with traffic.
As we leave lockdown 2.0 the talk of a vaccine is becoming a reality, and many people are thinking about a return to normal. Albeit a revised normal, as we see the hospitality sector and notable highstreet brands decimated by continued tiered restrictions.
Will we see a future with fewer cars and more personal vehicles?
The future is likely to look very different, as we start a new decade. Not only because of changes brought about by Covid-19. But, also a surge in reliance on online retail and home-working. Already, as 2020 draws to a close, I see a subtle yet steady growth of PVs on the local roads.
Notably, PVs do not seem to be an exclusive choice for the young. It appears that the more mature members of our society are seeing them as a viable alternative. I am starting to see PVs everywhere, from e-bikes, e-scooters and less defined platforms.
Is public transport good enough?
Our big cities are becoming ever bogged down by traffic, and the expectation is that congestion charges will step beyond our capital. Reading, Bristol, Birmingham, and Leeds, to name just a few, are suffering from high levels of pollution, created by fossil-fueled traffic.
The UK’s public transport infrastructure can get you within a mile of your final destination, but it falls short of being a door-to-door service. Buses, trams, trains have been the staple of commuter travel for decades, but what do you do when you reach your stop, walk? Walking brings its own set of problems, rain and the slow pace can make even a half-mile walk something to dread.
But with the rise of the personal vehicle, we can expect to see a shift to how city centre workers see that last mile of their commute. A more hybrid approach to transportation, we’re seeing individuals use services like Uber, public transport, and personal vehicles in perfect harmony.
Uber is great for group events or when you are dressed to impress. While a mix of public transport and PV is more fitting for work and trips to the grocery store.
As a newly converted fan of the personal vehicle, I have gone one step further and become an official distributor for the Cruzaa brand of PVs, making PVs available direct from this blog.
Check out the Cruzaa Commuta e-Scooter part of a range of PVs in my store.