When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, 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. Atop bicycles and surreys built for solo riders or entire families, patrons embark on self-guided tours of major U.S. cities. Led by maps and lists of nearby sites of historical or cultural significance, riders zoom down bike paths and safe, lightly trafficked streets. 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.
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.
Parked cars rarely make sudden moves, but just in case, Park & Jet never sleeps. The vigilant attendants oversee the fenced, stadium-lit lot 24 hours a day to make sure each vehicle is safe and fed while their owners are away. Situated two miles from the airport, the lot also operates spacious 12 passenger shuttles that comfortably transport travelers and their luggage to and from the Philadelphia International Airport’s terminals. And, in case of disaster, the attendants will provide complimentary assistance with dead batteries and flat tires that travelers would otherwise be forced to replace with the biggest donut in their suitcase.
Sam's Express Car Wash smothers the interiors and exteriors of autos with dirt-purging soaps, hand waxes, and fabric-cleaning treatments. In the ultimate wash, exterior frames shed their grimy highway souvenirs, undercarriages are bereft of clingy debris, and wheels regain the luster of General Patton's collection of Zippo lighters. Applications of triple-foam polish and clear-coat conditioning wax secure the veneer and restore a showroom shine. The express detail blankets exteriors in Express spray hand wax, which acts as a bouncer that stands guard against UV damage, dirt, and road salt. Detailers then shampoo the rug and alchemize filthy consoles and dashes into sparkling surfaces.