experience over lungs
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Bikes: Marin Cortina, Bianchi San Jose
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I taught there for a semester a few years ago. Being car-free, it was a bit of a chore getting there, but there are buses to Oakland and a shuttle to UC Berkeley's main campus. The neighborhood is fine, though it gets a little dicey on the way to downtown Oakland, but not that bad. It's hilly from points west, such as Oakland center and Berkeley, which was my biggest deterrent to bike commuting -- it took to long from Berkeley. From a recreational cycling point of view, it's actually quite a good location, with beautiful, not that busy roads just up the hill.
Mills is a great school -- you should enjoy your time there.