Why You Should Skip Public Transit for a Bike
With summer around the corner, and time at a seasonal student job looming closer, most college and university students are facing a different daily commute, many farther away than their regular one to school. Students who don’t have the luxury of owning their own vehicle often assume that the only other option is to spend hours a day squished onto a crowded bus or subway getting way too far into someone’s personal space. There are other options though, so this summer, pass up public transit for a bike to save money, get places faster and get some exercise.
If you’re like me, and your school doesn’t automatically include a transit pass in your tuition, an expense like this can add up quickly, especially when a one-way ride can cost over $3 and monthly passes (even with student discounts) can be over $100. Instead, bikes are just a one-time expense (many cities have co-ops and universities can have deals for students where you can get small repairs done for free). If you look around on craigslist or garage sales, you can easily find bargain bikes for less than the cost of one monthly student ticket transit pass.
Especially if you’re in a smaller city, public transit busses may only run once an hour, routes can be just along major streets and service can stop running in the early evening. This can complicate planning your work or internship schedule, and staying out late can become a hassle. With a bike, you have much more freedom with when you leave and your route will go directly from point A to point B, only making stops when you want.
Finally, biking is obviously a much healthier alternative. Twenty minutes a day of biking exercise adds up to a good workout and you’ll be able to build some serious leg muscles and get that summer beach body!