Commuting in Manila has been one hell of a struggle. You have to pave your way to vehicles that will (supposedly) help you reach your destination. You have your taxis, app-based cabs, MRTs and LRTs and other modes of transportation. The government has also provided alternative routes, and yet, Filipinos are still struggling for their first mile and last-mile travel. This has resulted in problems such as long waiting lines, congested areas, high cost or expensive expenditure in commuting and most of all, low productivity amongst commuting employees.

This can be strengthened with an interview made by Cosmopolitan staff in their career+money article section where they asked 6 Pinays on how much they spend their commutes. The breakdowns go like this:
Cost #1: P8 (Jeep) + P12 (bus)= 20 pesos (one-way only) That means a day costs 40 pesos!
Cost #2: P20 (MRT) x2 (for back and forth transportation) = 40 pesos a day!
Cost #3: P48 (combination of jeep and tricycles) + P150 (or more for Grab/Uber) x2 = P396
Cost #4: P120-P150 per trip (depending on the surge)

Look at carefully the figures and calculate it with a month of the transportation budget. It will cost you P1,120 to P 11,088! This is not exaggerating the figure, but this is a reality! Imagine that! You have to allocate such amount every month where you can allocate to other more important living costs.

But don’t go thinking that it’s a problem with no solution at all because as of this moment, transportation companies have been creating an alternative to ease your commuting costs. Introducing to you the “Micro-Mobility Vehicles”: the new transportation trend that is mostly propelled by human or electric motors. These are designed as small vehicles that are formulated with unique high advanced technology that looks after your pocket and safety. Usually, it can carry one or two passengers. Below are the other three reasons why commuters now are switching to Micro-mobility vehicles.

1. It has an affordable cost. Saves up money!
Micro-mobility vehicles have been designed to help commuters stop from spending too much on commuting. These types of vehicles classified as e-scooters, e-bikes, electric cars, and the likes can be purchased at an affordable budget. It ranges from 3,000 pesos to 24,000 pesos or more, depending on its features and upgrades. Still, you will find yourself saving up more money from your usual fare and gasoline consumption because most of the micro-mobility vehicles have a built-in battery which only requires you to charge them up.

2. Provides convenience
Commuters using MRTs and LRTs have been struggling with the waiting lines. Actually, it’s the long waiting lines. Some of them try their best to wake up early to avoid the said problem. Still, some would testify that waking up early does work all the time. With Micro-mobility vehicle, you can have them anytime you want whether you own it or not. How? Simple! Through the vehicle-sharing system popularized in urban areas like China, USA, and India, people can rent their transportation with self-served apps. They can use mobile phones in locating a vehicle and unlock them and pay the fee. Also, the low-cost and freedom in reaching your destination describes your trips as hassle-free.

3. Time-Efficient: No need to worry about low productivity!
Compared to cars with gas emissions, micro-mobility vehicles run a maximum of 50 km per hour. Sounds less than what a car can cover up but the question here is the time you will be NOT wasting if you use a micro-mobility vehicle. With its feature given, micro-mobility helps you get away with traffic jams. In a report about the traditional transportation used in India in comparison with micro-mobility vehicles, the length of the trip that micro-mobility vehicle covers are 66% more than the 22% coverage of cars at a medium distance and 12% of a long distance. This means that you can go on with wherever you want to go, reach your workplace or school without the fear of getting late or wasting your time sitting in your vehicle, trapped in traffic congestion.

Remember that all the advanced things have pros and cons. Whichever decision you choose has advantages and disadvantages. As a commuter, you need to prioritize things by weighing, which can benefit you most, and which do not? Which gives you more freedom and control? Which can change your lifestyle?
Choose Micro-mobility!