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Old 09-15-2013, 11:04 AM
 
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Hi! Moving from Manhattan to Scottsdale. Shopping for a place right now. If I dont find place to buy I will rent something temporarily. Will be working from home. But need daily or at least twice weekly access to grocery store and Post office (has to be USPS not Fedex or UPS). I can afford a car but I am 40, never needed to drive (lived in Manhattan my whole adult life) and I know I will never be comfortable driving a car. I just hate being in a car honestly. I will get a license once in AZ but I dont feel that I would need to Buy a car (I would rather rent 1 if I need to travel someplace) if I work from home. If I get a place in 85251 zip somewhere in vicinity of Fashion Square is it possible to live without a car? I am thinking about getting scooter type electric bike (the kind You dont need license and ins for). Like Jetson Stylish Eco-Friendly Electric Bicycle | Jetson Bike Help! Am I being unrealistic? Would it be dangerous riding in Scottsdale on this?

 
Old 09-15-2013, 11:37 AM
 
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As long as you get a place near a grocery store, it's quite possible. You can also call a cab here. When it's not over 100 degrees, Scottsdale can also be pretty bike-friendly, especially when compared to Manhattan. This might also come in handy:

Scottsdale Trolley Routes
 
Old 09-15-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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As long as you get a place near a grocery store, it's quite possible. You can also call a cab here. When it's not over 100 degrees, Scottsdale can also be pretty bike-friendly, especially when compared to Manhattan. This might also come in handy:

Scottsdale Trolley Routes
Thank You. Wouldnt cabs be very costly because of the distances? I dont remember last time I took a cab but even in Manhattan the shortest ride (5 blocks) would be $5-8 nowadays. I assume In Scottsdale it would start at $20. And I really would like not to rely on public transportation and I prefer not to pedal (wouldnt that make me sweat more?). When looking for a place I am looking at places nearby to see what stores are close by. Do people around Scottsdale ride in bikes like Jetson? Elecric bikes? Its popular in the city. Similar to Vespa but cheaper and no license/registration. I also like it because I can wear normal clothes on a scooter (Dress).
 
Old 09-15-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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If I were to go car less in the Phoenix Metro, it wouldn't be in Scottsdale. Scottsdale is a very nice city but it doesn't have as many transportation options as say central Phoenix or Tempe.

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Old 09-15-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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If I were to go car less in the Phoenix Metro, it wouldn't be in Scottsdale. Scottsdale is a very nice city but it doesn't have any many transportation options as say central Phoenix or Tempe.
Thank You. I really would prefer to live in Scottsdale. So basically 1 of these scooters is not a viable option? Its just that even if I get comfortable with driving it wouldnt make sense for me to get 1 just to drive 5 miles a week. I think. I am really trying to convince myself that I can get around without a car. HaHa!
 
Old 09-15-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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Have you been out here in the summer for an extended period of time? It's ok to walk around a couple minutes but anything longer can be miserable, and waiting for a bus, even worse. I really dont think it would be possible, I know I couldn't do it, unless again maybe I lived somewhere more central like downtown and could take the light rail etc.
 
Old 09-15-2013, 12:28 PM
 
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You could make it work living near Old Town Scottsdale. I agree with Golden_Monkey, as long as you're near a grocery store and can access work/school via transit or walking, you'll be fine. Living in Old Town Scottsdale will put you within walking distance of Scottsdale Fashion Square, restaurants, movie theaters, art galleries, a well developed bike network that includes a greenway connection to Downtown Tempe and other portions of Scottsdale and a partially paved path adjacent to a canal that will bring you into Phoenix. It will be difficult reaching other parts of the Phoenix area without a car, but really, you won't be missing out on much. Phoenix, Old Town Scottsdale, and Downtown Tempe are truly the hubs of activity in the metro area. The rest of metro Phoenix is basically the same chain stores plopped down at nearly identical looking intersections for miles and miles.
 
Old 09-15-2013, 12:53 PM
 
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You could make it work living near Old Town Scottsdale. I agree with Golden_Monkey, as long as you're near a grocery store and can access work/school via transit or walking, you'll be fine. Living in Old Town Scottsdale will put you within walking distance of Scottsdale Fashion Square, restaurants, movie theaters, art galleries, a well developed bike network that includes a greenway connection to Downtown Tempe and other portions of Scottsdale and a partially paved path adjacent to a canal that will bring you into Phoenix. It will be difficult reaching other parts of the Phoenix area without a car, but really, you won't be missing out on much. Phoenix, Old Town Scottsdale, and Downtown Tempe are truly the hubs of activity in the metro area. The rest of metro Phoenix is basically the same chain stores plopped down at nearly identical looking intersections for miles and miles.
Yes, I am looking around N Scottsdale rd/e Rancho Vista dr area. I see on the map there is some sort of public transportation nearby. But still nobody would answer my question about scooter/Jetson bike. Do people ride these in Scottsdale? I am really trying to make this work with a scooter. Keep in mind its not going to be daily to/from work commute. more like a 2 miles each way to post office or green market. Off peak hours.
 
Old 09-15-2013, 01:01 PM
 
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Scooter and 105+ degree weather is not something I'd want to do, day or night. Any particular reason why that area of Scottsdale?
 
Old 09-15-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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Scooter and 105+ degree weather is not something I'd want to do, day or night. Any particular reason why that area of Scottsdale?
Not really. Just saw couple of places I like around there. also seems close to everything. Any specific areas you recommend? TY
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