BY JANE HURST
Being in college is a fun and liberating time for students. You are leaving home for the first time and are ready to spread your wings. One thing you might consider while you are getting ready for college is transportation. Here are 7 alternatives to cars on campus.
- Bike – Bicycles are an inexpensive alternative to cars on campus. They are good for the environment and provide exercise and a quick way to get to your classes. You can bike around campus and into town. Your college should have a number of bike racks located in convenient spots for you to park your bike. Usually these racks are located near the dining halls, dorms, and classrooms. The racks should be located near where campus safety officers patrol so your locked bike will be safe and sound. Also, more cities are adding bike lanes to their roads so you will have a safe commute to and around campus and town.
- Walk – Another even less expensive option is walking. You will build up your core while walking around campus. You will get fresh air and be able to converse with other walkers on your way to dinner or classes. You will get exercise and meet new people while walking around campus. Most colleges have things within walking distance off campus so you will not be restricted to just hanging around the college.
- Uber, Lyft, taxi – If you do not want to walk into town or you need to travel a further distance, you can call for an Uber, Lyft, or taxi. It may cost a little but you are not spending money on gas or car maintenance. Most of these services run into the late hours and will pick you up wherever you are located. You can consider selling you car for cash and that will provide money for other alternative transportation needs. Sell car for cash websites are easy to find on the internet and with the money you save from not having to pay insurance or maintenance you will be able to spend on food, housing, or other transportation.
- Bum a ride – You might be lucky and know someone who has a car and has a similar schedule as you. If you do you might be able to bum a ride with them to class or off campus. Usually if you offer to pay them a small amount for gas your friend will consider letting you hitch a ride.
- Skateboard – Another easy way to get around campus is on a skateboard. You will be able to weave in and out of the crowd while moving toward your destination. Skateboarding is good exercise and you can even take your board into class where you know it is safe.
- Public Transportation – If you need to get around college there is usually some sort of campus or public transportation available. The cost is usually minimal and you can relax while you commute around campus or into town.
- Moped – This is a fun way to maneuver around campus. While there are many far away parking spots for cars, there are usually small spots closer to your classes for mopeds. You can zip around campus and get to your classes on time.
Whatever method you chose as an alternative to having a car on campus, know that it is healthier for you and better for the environment. You will enjoy not having to find a parking spot before your class and being able to move around campus quickly and efficiently. You will still enjoy your independence with at a lower cost.
Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a lot. Follow Jane on Twitter