Penn Scooters’ electric vehicles zip riders along the streets and alleyways of Philadelphia, offering an up-close perspective on the city. As riders cruise by the city’s myriad historical attractions, they can take comfort in the knowledge that their compact transport causes much less harm to the environment than vehicles that run on gasoline, coal, or wheels made of chainsaws.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Owning a car can be a burden: paying for insurance, paying for gas, paying for a car-sitter every time you go for a hike. That's why Enterprise Rent-A-Car started CarShare, a community program that lets members take out vehicles around the city without worrying about any of those inconveniences. Once at the CarShare location, customers need only to use their membership card to unlock the door. Members can reserve a car by the hour?as well as daily or overnight?and low rates include the cost of fuel, insurance, and up to 185 miles per day. They enjoy a wide range of choices, too: electric and hybrid rides, SUVs and pickups, and passenger vehicles populate the company's stable of fuel-efficient vehicles.
Not only do Hollowsands Luxury Limousine’s courteous and professional chauffeurs remove the hassle of navigating through traffic, but they also allow customers to set up appointments, hassle-free, thanks to a 24/7 online scheduler. Customers can request a ride to the airport or a special event in any of the company’s vehicles, from executive sedans to SUVs to stretch limousines fit for 20. Custom-created city tours guide birthday celebrators across Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York, allowing them to take in the sights without getting cake frosting on the steering wheel.
A satellite branch of Premier Luxury Rentals, PLR AutoSpa tends to jalopies inside and out. Performing a host of services—from express detailing to deep cleaning—the spa's technicians pamper vehicles in preparation for a night out, or clean them up following a night out's transformation from pumpkin carriage back into car.
Today's side deal gets you and a frightened friend a pair of tickets to the Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour for $17. Tickets are normally $17.50 for adults, so today's two-for-less-than-one deal is the perfect chance to scare your straight-laced sister or give your fearless insurance agent a fright. As you slither through the streets, trembling at stories of the dead who won't stay dead, wave your free glow-stick souvenir to ward off the bushes, branches, and wrought-iron fences that seem to become claws and faces in the shadowy night.