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Gas prices rising, Tri-State residents consider other forms of transportation

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Gas prices continue to climb throughout the Tri-State to the point where some are considering other forms of transportation.

Here's a run-down of the price you'll pay at  pumps here in the Tri-State. Drivers in Ohio are paying $3.95 a gallon. In Kentucky, the average is $3.81 a gallon, and in Indiana gas is averaging $3.92.

Compare that to the national average of $3.65 for a gallon of regular fuel.
 
"I spend a lot of money every week going to work," said Kiel Hunt.
 
Experts say Kentucky and Ohio are two of six states where the average gas prices are up more than 20 cents compared to this day last year. Ohio's average is up 21 cents and Kentucky is up 25 cents. Indiana's also rose 7 cents.
 
Some say despite the high costs, they don't have much choice.
 
"If you have to drive you have to drive. The way the city is laid out it's not always easy to take a bike somewhere," said Kiel Hunt.
 
"I'll probably still drive but it still hits the pocket," said Sanya Baker.
 
But in Cincinnati alone, the streetcar is moving right along, and recently approved options including the Bike Share and bike protection lanes will be a cheaper option for many.
 
"This costs me nothing, zero dollars to operate," said Ian Stover.
 
Ian Stover got rid of his car last year and says his new lifestyle is much cheaper.
 
"I don't have to pay to park it anywhere, I can put it in my apartment, it doesn't cost me any money for fuel. It's a no brainer for me and for where I go and what I do, I don't need it," said Stover.
 
Sanya Baker says depending on where you live, some can adjust their habits, but not everyone.
 
"I think they'll stick to their ways, they have to. I can't use the bike to get to work," said Baker.
 
"A large portion of my earnings were just going right into my gas tank," said Pat LaFleur.
 
Pat LaFleur also chooses two wheels over four. His nine mile commute to work every day is roughly 35 to 45 minutes.
 
"I take Riverside Drive most of the way back downtown and it's gorgeous down there so I never mind making that ride," said LaFleur.
 
LaFleur believes there could be a change in the culture of transportation, but for that to happen, there needs to be multiple options available.
 
"It's just assumed that you turn 16, you get your license, you get a car and that's just how you get around but people are going to begin to realize
that there are other ways, there are alternative modes of transportation," said LaFleur.
 
Analysts say the reason prices are so high here is because there's such a demand on the national level.

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