Apr
25

Bring a Bike Along

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It makes your life easier. Makes traveling long distances quicker and easier. But do you really want to bring a bike to campus with you?

Safety first:

Riding a bike can be dangerous, especially if you’re living in a highly populated area with a lot of traffic. Cars are supposed to yield to bikers, but that only works if the driver can see you. The other pedestrians, stop signs, traffic lights, and speeding cars makes it difficult for even a good, alert driver to notice every biker and stay out of the bike lane, and that’s just on a clear, sunny day.  So if you’re not an experienced biker and you don’t have the right gear (reflective clothing, helmet, bike lights etc.) it’s probably a good idea to leave the bike at home.

Cut down your travel time:

Biking to class is often faster than taking a bus or car. It’s also more convenient (except on those days when it’s raining cats and dogs). You don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or dealing with traffic and you can travel on your own schedule. If your dorm is far away from classes, and you don’t want to walk, a bike might be the perfect form of transportation.

Storage:

Is there somewhere to keep your bike when you’re not using it? Is there a storage area in your residence hall? Will your roommate mind if you bring it into your room every night? If you leave your bike on the street chances are that it will disappear, so if you don’t have anywhere to keep it, it might be better off at home.

Exercise:

Don’t hit up the gym. Ride your bike to class instead. Biking is a great way to keep away the freshmen fifteen and to energize you for a long day on campus. The activity will also help wake you up if you’ve got an 8 AM class.

Save money:

You don’t have to worry about paying for gas or parking when you ride a bike.  Just bring a chain and leave it right outside your classroom. Not only is that more convenient, but it will save you a lot of money over time.