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Old 09-01-09, 12:13 PM   #1
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Salutations from NE

Hello! I'm a newbie and I'm going to start commuting to my college in the near future. :3 I decided that It would be go for me, because I'm really out of shape. A week before my classes started, I had marching band camp. And it totally kicked my butt, and that should just not happen

The main reason for that is, well... I'm 18 and I don't have my driver's license yet. I hate driving a car, I hate it so much. I don't like being in control of something so big and heavy and going so fast, it feels like I don't get to make any mistakes while trying to learn to drive. I like making mistakes when I'm learning something new. I can drive a little bit, though... And I would like to be able to park right on campus instead of one of the parking lots that's not near any of the building ;D

I wish I could have ridden a bike to my high school, I really do. But I think I would have had trouble lugging a 30 pound backpack, a clarinet, and an alto sax to and from school everyday. >> Plus, I often had to be there at 7am, and would leave after dark a lot of days.

I live in Omaha, where I've never seen a bike lane before. I do live really close, a 5-10 minute walk, to a MUP (keystone trail), but that doesn't do near my college, so I'll be riding in the streets D: I"m actually pretty scared of doing that, but the sidewalks around here are in pretty bad shape, hopefully I'll live >>

I'm really excited to start riding, and the bike I will be riding is a yellow 1973 Schwinn Collegiate and it's in the shop at the moment. I hope to learn a lot form this forum. :3 (sorry of that was too long >> )
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Old 09-01-09, 01:33 PM   #2
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Welcome to Bike Forums. I think it's great that you want to bike to school. Check out the Commuting and Living Car Free forums for more information.
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Old 09-01-09, 11:39 PM   #3
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Hi Ember,

Here are some on line resources you may find helpful

John Allen's Bicycling Street Smarts is a great book available in hard copy or on line. The on line version is at http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/usa/index.htm

Dave Glowacz has condensed some of Urban Tips and Tricks into Safe Cycling booklets (36 pages) available from a number of state and city DOTs. An on line (downloadable) version of his Safe Cycling in Chicago is available at:
http://egov.cityofchicago.org/webpor..._Chicago_1.pdf

The League of American Bicyclists offers a number of courses and has some Ride Better tips on line at: http://www.bikeleague.org/resources/better/index.php
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