Cheaper Commuting Options

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Maybe all those bikers who screech into town every year for Street Vibrations have the right idea. After all, now that Reno's gas prices have increased nearly seventy cents in one year, motorcycles are often far more fuel-efficient than cars.

Sean Kerr, Harley Davidson Salesman, "What they save in gas in their big, gas guzzling cars versus a payment on the sportster, they're kind of breaking even and they're having fun doing it." Reno's Harley Davidson dealership is doing brisk business these days, especially when it comes to selling high gas mileage bikes like the Sportster.

"We're finding that gas prices bring in the customers a lot when they want to do some recreation-type driving and they don't want to use their SUV or four wheel drive, they can afford to do it on a motorcycle where they get sixty miles per gallon."

If horsepower is not your thing, and pedaling power is, perhaps commuting by bicycle is a good option for you.

Dan Brown, of Bicycle Bananas, says "I think cycling is a real viable alternative. But, take it slowly. Do it once a week. Check it out on the weekend, plan your route and see how it goes." Brown, says his store has seen a slight increase in sales as a result of the high gas prices.

His store sells some bikes, specifically accessorized for the commuter: storage baskets, mud-splash fenders, gear covers. And while Brown considers the bikes to be relatively affordable, starting in the low two hundreds, he admits bike commuting will not become popular overnight.

"It's a whole mindset. It's not something that you can go, oh, gas prices are up, everybody's going to ride."

Jim McGrath, a Citifare Spokesman, the local bus service says, "Citifare is a transit alternative option which is much more low cost and cost effective." Mass transit can also save you money on your commute. A monthly, unlimited pass is sixty dollars...not much more than filling up a tank of gas. Citifare also offers van-pooling for groups of friends or coworkers. McGrath says "we're up a half million riders over last year. We attribute that to a few factors, but we definitely suspect the high price of gasoline is getting people out of their cars."