It's not perfect, but I have a scooter. I commute 3.5 miles and my goal is to ultimately be able to bike in decent weather (bike needs fixing, can't afford it right now and am not fit enough to do it), but will likely use the scooter in Winter. The commute would be 2 hrs if I took public transit because I have to go the wrong way to get onto the right bus! The scooter gets almost 80 mpg (holding only one gallon), so it's very cheap and they are cheap to insure and maintain as well. That's about as minimalist as I can go for now.