What is the best way to get around?

There are many different ways to get around campus. Most students ride a bike, board or just walk from class to class. Each method has its own benefits and drawbacks. This is meant to help you incoming freshmen figure out which mode of transportation you’d like to use.

Biking is the fastest way to get around campus. Riding a bike also burns more calories than walking does in the same amount of time, which helps one avoid the infamous freshman 15. Baskets and pouches can be mounted onto the bike to add extra carrying space.

Not every building has a bike rack, however, and a bike lock is necessary for additional safety. Some bikes, especially better quality ones, can be expensive. The bike itself is not easily transportable.

Boarding: There are three kinds of boards people use on campus: longboards, pennyboards and skateboards.

Longboards are the most expensive of the three. They are also the easiest to learn and are the fastest. Longboards are designed to cruise or for downhill boarding. Longboards are the most common boards on campus. They are a bit difficult to transport given their size, but they can be easily stored in a dorm room or against a classroom wall. Pennyboards are the smallest and cheapest of the three.

Their small size makes them more difficult to learn and ride than longboards and skateboards, but they are the easiest to carry, fitting into backpacks or fairly large purses. Skateboards are the midpoint between longboards and pennyboards in terms of cost, speed, ease of learning and size.

Walking is, obviously, the most common way to get around campus and the most self-explanatory. It’s easy, free and better than nothing.

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Ashneil Randhawa