Damn! I am trying to arrange for transport in B.C. during my visit to Victoria for
My Mom’s first instinct was to rent a car to haul everyone around for the week. I did some research into this and found that if you take the $15 Akal shuttlebus from the airport, and then rent from Enterprise Car Rentals downtown, (thereby avoiding the $25 airport concession fee it costs $180 before tax, or $215.38 after taxes to rent an economy car which seats 4 people for one week.
My thought was that driving in an unfamiliar place is stressful and I also don’t need the added guilt of killing the environment, plus I’d like to do something towards combating the billions of calories that will likely be ingested by me during my cousin’s nuptials, so: why not rent bicycles? What a great idea! Except, whoa, hold on, renting two bicycles, one for myself and one for JVL is potentially MORE EXPENSIVE THAN RENTING A CAR. How ridiculous is that? I can buy a nice, brand new mountain bike for $200 at Canadian Tire. A brand new $200 car? Not so easy to find. So where is this overinflated bicycle-rental market coming from?
At CycleBC, you can rent a Norco Pinnacle for $75/week, a Norco Carrera for $99/week, a Norco Charger for $119/week, or a Norco Volante/Rampage/Sasquatch for $159/week, or the creme de la creme, a Norco VPS Atomic for $239/week!!!!WTF?!!one! That’s right, one bicycle, which seats one person, can potentially cost $60 more to rent for a week (before taxes) than a car which holds 4 people and can be used in torrential rain, which is frankly, a concern when one is traveling to British Columbia. Absurd. Sports Rent BC is no better, with bicycle rental rates ranging from $79-145/week.
Option A – cave, submit to my Mother’s will, and rent a car.
Option B – persuade
Option C – which I am honestly giving some thought to, is to simply BUY a gorram bike from CycleBC, which would probably cost me less in the long run. I could pick up two used Norco Pinnacles for $95 each, then either sell them for $50-60 for the pair (at which point it would be cheaper than renting), or else ship them home and have extra bikes in Toronto.
Option D – “walk”, aka sit around the house all day, wishing I had a bike or a car
Give your opinion in my Victoria transport poll!