If you are ever wondering what type of transportation device you should use when it comes to getting to class, here is my list of the top 10 ways to get around Mizzou's campus. And remember... It's never a bad idea to walk!
10. Hover Board
These are probably the most frustrating little gadgets to see on campus. Yes, they are cool and show how technology and transportation are evolving, but really how useful are these things? If you can make a convincing case as to why these little guys are worth the $850-$1,500 that they're going for, I'm all ears. Soon we are going to turn into the people from Wall-E, just hovering around in our chairs because we are too lazy to walk around.
9. Golf Cart Shuttle
While walking around campus, you find guys driving extended golf carts taking people to wherever they have to go, and it seems really efficient. The only issue is they're hard to come by. If there was some sort of schedule for where these drivers were going to be each day this would be extremely efficient, but for now they're sitting towards the bottom of my list.
I've seen a surprising amount of skateboards on campus. Back home, skateboards were a thing in the late '90s to early 2000s. After that, they fell off the grid. Skateboards should really only be used for tricks, grinding on rails, and half-pipes. You can't move nearly as fast on a skateboard as you can on a bike or longboard. Only reasons why they're above the golf cart and hover board is because you can always count on your skateboard. And I just hate the idea of a hover board.
7. Penny Board
This is another fairly new thing that I can't seem to wrap my head around. It's a longboard, but tiny, cheaper, and made of plastic. Not sure what all of the hype is. People look goofy riding around on these little things.
6. Razor Scooter
I get the biggest smile on my face when I see people riding around on their Razor scooters to and from class. When you think of a scooter you don't think of someone between the ages of 18 and 22 riding around a college campus on one, you normally think of when you were a kid riding around the neighborhood way back when. The main reason why this is up on the list is because of how much of an impact these made on my life when I was a little kid.
Walking made it into the Top Five because it's a classic go-to. No matter what the conditions are, you can always walk. If there are no shuttles, walking is a good backup. If it's raining and you can't use your hover board, skateboard, or penny board, you can always walk. It's also a great way to exercise and stay in shape.
Cars are extremely convenient to have but are a pain on campus for one reason: PEDESTRIANS. I know because I'm one of them. Driving anywhere near Stankowski, the Student Center, or the Rec Center is normally a complete disaster during school days.
I really like the idea of riding longboards around campus. You can zoom on the hills, weave in and out of people on sidewalks, and look cool while doing it. These boards are easy to guide when going through groups of people, which is essential when it comes to a college campus as packed as Mizzou. The one downfall is that you don't want to use them when it is raining.
Bikes are one of the best ways to get around campus. The one thing that separates bikes from longboards is that you can use them in inclement weather. If it's raining, or if there isn't too much snow, bikes are easy to control and maneuver around campus. On top of that there are bike racks everywhere for you to post up and lock your bike.
The best way to get around campus in my opinion has to be by scooter. You can get up to much higher speeds than any of the transportation devices previously mentioned, and when there's traffic you can sneak right by all of the cars. If there is a road closed during school hours you can just hop up on the sidewalk and continue on your way to class.