Campus Life: Bikes or Skateboards?

pictures-kids-bicycle-skateboard-scooter-100052008342When you walk around the campus of Indiana University, you notice two things:

  1. The campus is absolutely beautiful
  2. Everything is so far apart

With these two things in mind, one can only imagine how long it takes to get from one side or another. Since there are only sidewalks on campus, cars are not the most viable options, so that only leaves a few of options. These include many forms of wheeled transportations, such as bikes, scooters, skateboards, and roller blades, etc.

But since you do not want to look like a friggin’ nerd and this is not the 1970s, you really are only left with two options: the fast and efficient bike, or the badass leisureliness of the skateboard.

The quickness of a bike is certainly one thing to consider for the bicycle. It is a nice and fast way to get from point A to point B without too much of a hassle. However, there is a con to riding a bike on campus: everyone hates you.

The fact of the matter is if you are riding a bike, you are honestly the worst thing on earth to pedestrians because bikes come out of nowhere and have the potential to blind side you. If you are in fact riding a bike and cut off a pedestrian, you actually give them a heart attack. No one wants to be hit by a bike, so the fact that the possibility is there makes the average pedestrian anxious.

Now, if you are riding a skateboard, everyone is jealous of you. You are really super-cool skater boi who poses no threat to a walking pedestrian because let’s face it, we can just push you off your little wooden plank. The skateboard has its cons though, because it is quite a lot slower and harder to control than a bike. One would definitely have to practice skateboarding before plunging into the mess that is the 9:55 am walk back from class.

So, all things considered, the bike is probably the more viable option for traveling across campus. But since everyone hates you, you will have more time to study for the class that you arrive 20 minutes before everyone else so what else do you have to do with your life?

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2 thoughts on “Campus Life: Bikes or Skateboards?”

  1. I agree with you that bikes are a very quick transportation option, but I do not agree with you that pedestrians hate people that ride bikes to class. Usually the bicyclists are riding their bike in the street so that they can get to where they are going quicker, and not having to swerve in, out and around the pedestrians walking on the sidewalk. Leaving the drivers hating the people riding bikes more than the pedestrians hating the people that are riding bikes.

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  2. I agree that a bike is the superior mode of transportation, but I also think it is important to remember that you will need to find a place to lock your bike while in class and at home (this brings up problems like theft, damage, etc…) and how much a bike will cost.

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