To go ahead and give you the answer that you want, here it is: SCOOTERS.
The best transportation for college students, out of the big three, is undoubtedly scooters. We will call these people “scooterers”.
BUT WHY? WHY NOT THE OTHERS??? But...but he was a sk8er boy? The Tour de France?
Nope, none of that is relevant. If you want the true, unabridged reasons as to why scooters are the best, then let me first explain why the others are not.
Ok, so a bike is probably the least practical mode of transportation on a relatively tight campus (aka you don’t have to go miles for a class). What could possibly be wrong with a bike though?
- Bikes are big and have to be stored outside normally, this can often lead to bikes getting stolen.
- You are going to be late for class? Ok, so you rush over on your bike and you make it at 12:58pm, just before your 1pm class. You totally would have time to make it there on a scooter that you would just bring into the class to store, but alas, you have to lock your bike. Which could normally only take a minute, but then, oh no, you’re so rushed that you fumble and drop the key or something and it takes too long. BOOM, you're late.
- If you forget your key to your lock EVER, you are at risk for it to be stolen while you go inside wherever you go.
- Maybe you want to go pick up some food, but then you feel weird leaving your bike outside...even with the lock..a wasted trip.
While I made these sound like doomsday occurrences, I just wanted to drive the point home that bikes are generally a hassle, and other options are simply...simpler.
Avril Lavigne (the original one, not the new one...have you heard the conspiracy?) would have me beheaded if this were ancient times and she were a queen, but these are not ancient times. So, the queen can only watch in dismay as I outline why skateboards just aren’t the move.
- Admittedly, there are less reasons why skateboards aren’t the best choice, but there are still reasons...such as the sheer possibility of destruction to your body. What do I mean? Falling off the skateboard. It’s common, and I feel like I don’t need to describe, just ask a friend who skates.
- Skateboards are hard to ride for a lot of people. Keeping balance on two feet can be a task for even the most intelligent humans, so adding four wheels and a few inches of elevation to the mix does not help at all.
- ROUGH TERRAIN. May skaters beware...many schools and universities have weird or cracking pavement, brick, rocks, and other unfriendly topography that collegiate riders have to watch out for. The skateboard is the weakest link in this area, often resulting in a wipeout or the much more minor inconvenience disengagement of having to walk the distance of the rough patch.
Well hello, you have finally made it to the section where I explain the superiority of scooters. I must say, I have no feelings of animosity toward anyone who does not ride/use a scooter, but I think scooters have not been awarded their fare share of credibility, so I have to be extreme.
- Scooters are generally light-weight, portable, and can even be stylish. I have my own in hot pink, it consistently gets me looks. Those looks range from “heck yeah” to “I really was not expecting to be visually assaulted by this but...respect.”
- Scooters don’t need an extra lock or anything, so when you arrive to your class building 2 minutes before you need to go in, there’s no time wasted wasted locking it up outside!
- Unlike skateboards, scooters come with a convenient handle to hold onto. So, you can push with your feet and stare ahead to your destination without feeling like you are going to plummet to the hard and unforgiving ground beneath your speeding toes.
- ***IMPORTANT*** scooters, with LARGE WHEELS (like the Razor A5 Lux), can avoid the unsteadiness of uneven terrain and can generally glide over “bumpy bois” and other ground obstacles, as long as mild caution is used.
ALRIGHT, so if none of that convinced you to like scooters the most...it’s okay. Just give my fellow scooterer a break the next time you see one. These rides are eco-friendly and I support all of them, I just love my scooter too much to not let y’all know why it’s the best.
Have fun on the streets, sidewalks, pathways, etc...and remember, don’t text and ride!