The #1 reason commuters drive instead of using transit is inconvenience. Public transportation is inconvenient for people who live or work more than 5 or 10 minutes from a station. A 40-mile drive can be caused by a one-mile gap between you and the train station. This vehicle bridges that "last mile". Commuters also usually need to carry things to work (briefcase, laptop, etc.) or run errands after work which involve carrying things (groceries, shopping, etc.)
Existing solutions have the following problems:
once it is folded it is another thing to carry.
The Last Mile solves these problems with the following features:
- four-wheel stability
- 8" front wheels
- consolidates multiple bags or items
- can carry as much as a small hand truck
- several possible ways of holding your stuff
The Last Mile can also be used without transit as a normal scooter, effectively a "granny cart" you can ride.
If 1% of single-occupancy vehicle trips were eliminated, it would be equal to all of the greater Los Angeles area giving up their cars. A San Francisco-to-Palo Alto commuter would eliminate over 12,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per year by using the Last Mile and the train instead of driving. If the target market of 5 - 10 million people all switched to The Last Mile, it would eliminate 60 - 120 billion pounds of CO2 annually. It will also benefit cities: public transit use has been shown to build local economies and communities.