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Transportation after you land

Photography by Chris Rose
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Photography by Chris Rose

Zizzo Via folding bicycle

Folding bikes have gained popularity with commuters and city dwellers who like the ability to have a compact means of transportation. Now, pilots are catching on. The Zizzo Via folding bike feels just like any other bike—it’s stable, comfortable, and familiar. But after a ride, it folds to be 14 inches by 27 inches by 31 inches, a good size for a baggage compartment (although it may not fit through the baggage door). Folding the bike for the first time can be a little complicated, but with helpful how-to videos from Zizzo, you can get the bike folded in less than a minute. —CC

$379.99 |

iVeta electric scooter

Although most general aviation airports have courtesy cars, ride-share service, or public transportation, sometimes you need your own set of wheels. Rechargeable, battery-operated, two-wheel scooters may look goofy, but can be practical when exploring new flying destinations on the ground—or for scooting across the ramp at your local airport. I went with the iVeta S10 foldable, 10-inch solid-wheel, 500-watt model because of positive reviews, power, price, and the 32-pound weight. Slightly larger wheels provide pavement irregularity relief compared to 8-inch variants. With occasional use and about 10 miles covered, a mid-July charge lasted to the end of August. Three selectable top speeds between 10 and 20 miles per hour keep you in your comfort zone, and it easily fits into a Piper Tri-Pacer or a Cessna 152 Aerobat. (Pro tip: For additional security replace the four handlebar screws with Allen hex bolts and apply a dab of Loctite.) —DT

$399.99 |

Pedego Latch folding e-bike

Looking for a way to get from the airport to the restaurants without tiring yourself out? The Pedego Latch hybrid bike might be a great option. A small, electric motor on the front wheel supplements the rider’s pedaling, reaching speeds of 20 mph without breaking a sweat. The bike folds to a compact size and comes with a bag. It’s a premium product, but it also commands a premium price. Another potential downside for pilots? The weight: 56 pounds (47.2 without a battery installed). —CC

Starting at $2,795 |

Pro Tip Wheels at the ready

Don’t want to carry your wheels with you? Maine’s Bikes for Pilots program stations bikes at select airports from May to October—just bring your own helmet and lock up when you’re finished. On the West Coast, a similar program provides airport bikes for a ride to the beach from Oceanside Municipal Airport in California. Just be sure to call ahead. —SD

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Alyssa J. Miller
Alyssa J. Cobb
The former senior director of digital media, Alyssa J. Cobb was on the AOPA staff from 2004 until 2023. She is a flight instructor, and loves flying her Cessna 170B with her husband and two children. Alyssa also hosts the weekly Fly with AOPA show on the AOPA Pilot Video YouTube channel.

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