Rolf Crudupt, the founder of Imperial Chauffeur Services, has more than a decade of limo-driving experience—and he knows that limos are for both celebrities and civilians alike. He and his team offer A-list-quality bodyguard services for high-profile clients, and also draw on their fleet of custom-designed limos and sedans for a variety of other trips. They can helm tours of local wineries and the city, or ferry passengers to the airport with in-vehicle flight tracking, which ensures timeliness more effectively than checking the sky a lot.
M&H Limo and Transportation’s experienced drivers navigate an expansive fleet of luxury vehicles that transport passengers to any occasion in style. Rides include Lincoln Town Cars, Escalades and GMC luxury SUVs, and Excursion and Hummer stretch limos. Passengers in these swanky transports relax as they journey to airports, parties, and executive business functions with a degree of class usually reserved for society’s elite or the dog from Frasier. M&H Limo and Transportation also uses its fleet to shuttle clients on special tours of such locales as San Francisco and Napa and Sonoma.
Members of City Carshare, the company reports on its website, drive 50% less than individual car owners, annually saving more than 20 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. This is exactly what the local nonprofit had in mind in 2001 when they opened more than 200 Bay Area lots full of fuel-efficient, alternative-fuel, and electric cars and sleighs pulled by Virginia creeper. These vehicles are the linchpin in their two-fold social commitment to creating healthy urban spaces and strong communities.
The first part of that is relatively straightforward: fewer cars on the road mean less congestion and smog and reduced demand for parking lots that could be transformed into parks that grow into concrete jungles. The company defrays the high monetary costs of car ownership by providing insurance coverage, 24-hour roadside assistance, and all the fuel your vehicle needs to get on the road. To foster a sense of community, they hook members up with a private ride-sharing program and entice them to explore the city via their key fob, which unlocks perks at other local businesses. Their mission is backed by a global network of transportation visionaries in the international CarSharing Association, of which City Carshare is a founding member.
For Pioneer Limousines, the lap of luxury comes with a seat belt. The transportation outfit whisks away passengers within the comfortable confines of a fleet of vehicles, that includes a Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Lincoln Town Car L-Series, and a stretch limo that can seat up to nine passengers. Piloting the regal rides and participating in an Earth-sized game of connect the dots, chauffeurs get customers from point A to point B via transport services that cater to airport travelers, wedding parties, and group outings.
Giant Reef Limousine's armada of luxury cars have cruised the highways and byways of the Bay Area in more than 1,000 tours during their more than six years in business. It includes the Executive Sedan with a sleek black leather interior and the Cartier Series with glossy in-car bars and TVs. And then there's the king of them all, the stretch limo, a beautiful behemoth and the ultimate means to cruise around in style. These comfortable vehicles can be deployed for an impressive airport pickup, a night on the town, or a chauffeured tour of the city and surrounding areas.
B-cycle operates much like a car-sharing service, allowing members and non-members to rent bikes when they need them and return them to the same or any other station. Because B-cycle encourages short trips throughout the city, only jaunts lasting less than an hour are covered with your membership; however, you can extend your pedaling for $2.50 for each additional half hour. From now until October 31, bikes will be available at many of the city's popular sightseeing locations, allowing fun-savvy wayfarers, visitors, and new residents to gander at Chicago's stately skyscrapers and overbig pizzas, all while reducing carbon emissions.