Carbon Trace reader and MSU student Nate Bassett interviewed me yesterday for an article he’s writing for The Underground, an unofficial student newspaper. The topic: College students and bicycling.
While I have much to say on the topic, the most important point is boiled down in my headline: Don’t ride like children.
College students are not children. I make a point of never referring to them collectively as “kids.” They are adults. And college is a great place and time to start acting like it. That doesn’t mean I’m against having a good ol’ time at college. Far from it. It means it’s the right time in life to begin asserting one’s rightful place in the adult world.
One way to do that: Ride your bicycle like an adult. Click here for a description of what that means.
Students arrive on campus this weekend. Classes begin Monday. That means the number of bicyclists on the roads around campus and downtown is going to explode. For the first few weeks of class — if you squint a bit and use your imagination — we’re going to look a little like Amsterdam — kinda, sorta.
Now’s the time to decide: Ride like a child or ride like an adult?
(For our European readers who may be scratching their heads in wonder: American children are not required to learn how to ride on the roads. Typical American bicycle instruction involves a parent pushing a child along until s/he learns balance, then sending the child off to ride with little more than a wave and a smile. Consequently, American children ride as if the entire earth is a surface for their use. College students all too often continue to ride this way.)