|1 train at Christopher Street|
Before I moved to New York in 2007, I was far from a straphanger. As many times as I’d visited Manhattan at a young age, I’d probably taken the train less than 10 times. I hated it! I hated going underground where it was dirty, seedy, scary, and lacked daylight. The smell alone intimidated and repulsed me. My mother still tells me that when I was 13 or 14, I refused to ride the subway. My comment was, “It stinks down there.” Even in my preteen years, my observation and sense of smell were correct.
What’s changed? I still don’t love the subway, but when I gave up my set of four wheels five years ago to live in Manhattan, I told myself, “If you’re going to live in New York, you have to ride the subway.” The End. Well, not really the end, but one day, I walked down those dirty, seedy, scary stairs and rode for the first time alone. It was actually nothing like what I thought it would be. I expected only vagrants, criminals, and rats. The rats were there, but I was pleasantly surprised to find regular people using it as a means of transportation, and not as a place to sleep, beg, or mug.
But at times, I grow tired of being sandwiched in crowds, or traipsing up and down sometimes hundreds of stairs in a day. When that happens, I ride the bus. The main problem with the bus is the time involved. What takes 15 minutes on the subway can take 45 minutes on a bus. I don’t always have that kind of time, and neither do most people who live the New York life. We’re always on a mission to get to our next destination in minutes.
Taxis are convenient during inclement weather (when you can get a taxi), or if you have too many bags to carry. But the days of the $5.00 cab ride are indeed over, that’s O-V-E-R—the fares are going up yet again. And there’s nothing more inconvenient than driving a car through Manhattan, except maybe driving a car in or out of Manhattan, which takes years off of your life, and the gas prices alone will break the bank.
Besides hoofing it, which is for limited distances only, New Yorkers need another economical and reliable transportation solution. Recently, I discovered a new option and it doesn’t require a metrocard or a chauffeur. It’s the Jetson. Not George –– the Jetson Bike. This chic eco-friendly electric bike designed by two guys from Brooklyn, is sleek, cool, and even I looked cute riding it.
|I’m looking cool on the Jetson|
Okay, what’s so cool about it?
- A Jetson runs on an Lithium Ion battery that is easily recharged in your apartment. Just lift up the seat, remove and plug in. It’s that simple.
- It can go up to 20 mph, each charge lasts for 40 miles, and each battery for 40,000 miles. That’s a lot of trips to the East Village.
- When you run out of juice, just use the pedal and recharge the battery while biking.
- Top features include an LCD digital display screen, which shows speed, voltage left on the battery, and if lights or blinkers are active, as well as a rear-wheel motor and heavy-duty disc brakes for stopping on a dime.
- When the battery goes to electronic heaven, you can buy a new one. Besides the black, white, and gray, the Jetson also comes in brights and stylish neon colors like pink, purple, yellow, and green too.
All aerocars aside, we’re not in Orbit City and 2062 is 50 years in the future. But once these stylish Jetsons catch on in the Big Apple, yellow transit will step aside and the streets of New York may never be the same.
For more info on the Jetson Bike, visit their website.