I recently started biking on campus. I’ve noted a few things:
- Pedestrians don’t walk in straight lines and often stop abruptly.
- A bike rider is both a vehicle and a pedestrian.
- If you role up your left pant leg, people will think you’re a hardcore biker and respect you more.
- Bike + tight pants = mistake …. Bike + no belt = unforgivable
- Bike + pedestrians + Speedway = obstacle course
- Bike + downhill = no pedaling required
- Bike + uphill = walking
- I can’t see anything but the road when I’m riding my bike. If I look at anything, I’ll probably crash.
- I need both hands to ride. I tried to adjust myself with one hand once and crashed into a wall
- You can park your bike almost anywhere, no permit required
- When it’s raining, it’s better to walk
- If you struggle too much with a key, it could break inside your bike luck. (I know, No duh Sherlock! but it happened to me once!)
The most important lesson I learned was patience. Patience with pedestrians and cars — waiting my turn. Patience with myself while I was learning how to ride safely on campus.
I like biking because it’s kind of like a traveling oasis. You can ride away from traffic, hectic work, and just escape on your bike. It gets pretty serene on my bike some days as I’m whizzing through campus on my bike. It’s a good place to think… just as long as I’m not going uphill
If you’re interested in riding a bike on campus, UT has a bike rental program called the Orange Bike Project where you can rent a bike for a whole semester. If you’re even in the least bit curious, try it out. It’s pretty efficient. PLUS, you’d look pretty spiffy on a bike!