by JACK on MARCH 9, 2013
Last December the evil geniuses at the Metropolitan Transportation authority convened in their layer deep underground and voted unanimously to raise the costs of subway fares in NYC. Single rides were raised by a quarter to $2.50 and the month pass was increased to $112. Ok, maybe they aren’t evil geniuses, subways need repairs and upgrades like anything else and someone’s got to pay for it, but when I tried to take my brompton folding bike on the subway, swiped my card with $2.25 and saw the “insufficient funds” pop up, I like to think my expletives spoke in behalf of the New York people at large.
I was talking with a friend about the increased prices and he just sighed, “if they raise the prices, what choice to we have?” Obviously he was not remembering that I worked at a shop that sells folding bikes.
Live free with your folding bike
The hardest part about taking New York Public Transit is that you are completely within the control of something external to yourself. If you need to get to work in an hour and the L train stops underneath the east river, I don’t care how good your cell phone reception is, you’re not going to find a taxi that will get you to work on time. Seeing the fares go up is just another affirmation of how reliant we all are on the metro… that is unless you plan on riding a folding bike in nyc.
I just started commuting by bike last year, and it’s been a definite game changer. Let’s list the ways:
- For almost any destination I can think of, riding a folding bike is faster than taking the train. I used to live up at 134th and Broadway, biking takes me 20 minutes, a bus-train transfer would take me close to an hour. Even now that I live in Brooklyn, biking is still faster. Taking the G to the L to the 4/5 gets me up here in an hour vs a nice 40 minute bike ride.
- Riding a folding bike, you’re outside instead of underground stuck under the east river. This might seem like a small thing, but after a year of riding the subway, you’ve probably spend a good 300 hours underground, which is enough to drive anyone a little bonkers. Being outside makes me feel better, it’s healthier, and if I get a flat, a folding bike like the Brompton Folding bike folds small enough to fit in a taxi. Bing, bang, boom.
It’s healthier and you’ll save a lot of money. Ride a folding bike everyday and you’ll be more fit, and after just a year you’ll save around $1200 just on subway fares. Hard to beat.
So don’t the let trains keep you down, come by the shop sometime and try out a folding bike for free.