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Old 04-15-07, 03:51 PM   #1
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Bike Friendly Colleges?

any ideas on what schools are bike friendly? where do you all go? im looking for a transfer.
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Old 04-15-07, 03:59 PM   #2
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I think UCdavis is the most bike friendly campus I've been to. I go to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo which is not very bike friendly at all. there are not enough bike racks, then when you lock your bike to a pole because the rack is full, you get a ticket.
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Old 04-15-07, 04:12 PM   #3
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K-state is very bike friendly.
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Old 04-15-07, 04:13 PM   #4
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uc davis is good, csu sacramento isn't bad either I am just a community college kid sooo ( I am more slacker than you will ever know)
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Old 04-15-07, 04:19 PM   #5
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indiana university is
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University of Wisconsin Madison. Big bicycling town, also has a good race scene.
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Old 04-15-07, 04:25 PM   #7
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Will you be majoring in bicycling then?
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UC Davis is known for it's bicycle transportation.
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Old 04-15-07, 04:29 PM   #9
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yeah but the cops are dicks bui dispensing arrrgh
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Old 04-15-07, 04:50 PM   #11
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scrolling through, waiting(hoping?) for this post to happen....

There is no such thing as a "bike friendly" campus. One hit rider or stolen bike anecdote is all it will take to apparently sway you away from this campus or that.

Go to the school with the best program within your major that you're able to get accepted to. The rest(parties, biking, "cool area" etc) won't matter when you're done with school and applying for jobs. It won't matter if you had a bike culture around your campus to your prospective employers. If you choose a school based on that, please beat yourself up for me.
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Go to the school with the best program within your major that you're able to get accepted to. The rest(parties, biking, "cool area" etc) won't matter when you're done with school and applying for jobs. It won't matter if you had a bike culture around your campus to your prospective employers. If you choose a school based on that, please beat yourself up for me.
I couldn't disagree more. College is not (or at least shouldn't be) only about job training. Life isn't about figuring out what some hypothetical prospective employer will want. Follow your passions and you will lead a good life.

The college or university you will do best at is the one that most fits your personality and interests. For some people this is a research university with 35,000 students just outside of a major city. For others it's a small liberal arts college in the middle of Iowa.

That said, colleges are bike friendly and even if they are not, it's fun to ride bikes places that are not bike friendly.
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+ 1 to the pope and LeMans. You are presumably going to college to get a job that you want.
that said, Huerro's point of finding a school that fits your personality is also valid. I went to a really small campus of a huge school, and was very happy. That was only part of my decision. You may want to go to grad school, and the choice you make now will definitely influence where you can go.
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+ 1 to the pope and LeMans. You are presumably going to college to get a job that you want.
that said, Huerro's point of finding a school that fits your personality is also valid. I went to a really small campus of a huge school, and was very happy. That was only part of my decision. You may want to go to grad school, and the choice you make now will definitely influence where you can go.
I really have to disagree again. I'm not trying to be a pain in the ass, but you are wrong. Unless you are going directly to grad school, admissions committees will be much more intereseted in what you have been doing with your life, what you plan to work on and how it fits with that program's resources, faculty, and mission, and how well you can communicate these things in writing. Where you went to undergrad means very little. Show your passion, talent, and dedication and you will get into the grad program that is best for you.

I say this based on experience.
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Old 04-15-07, 05:51 PM   #15
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Purdue is fine for bikes but there is not a huge scene here or anything.
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Nobody's wrong.

To the OP. Perhaps look at this through the other end of the telescope. Start with colleges that have your major or intended major as a program. If you miss out on that, no amount of biking around campus will ease your frustration. Assume that will be a big number of schools, but who knows. If you haven't decided, suggest you choose a school with a lot of choices. Then, look at finances. Can't afford Middlebuy at $50K a year? I went to a nice state school for a lot less. Then from that pool, eliminate what are likely poor biking schools. As previously stated, this will likely be a minority. From the remaining schools, balance quality of programs in your likely major and quality of biking around. Pick.

IMHO, picking a school only for it's biking has about the same potential for drop-out as picking a school only because a girl you have a crush on goes there.
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IMHO, picking a school only for it's biking has about the same potential for drop-out as picking a school only because a girl you have a crush on goes there.
I did the latter. We broke up. I graduated.
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See? You'll ditch the bike for rollerblades anyway.
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Yeah, but I was actually pretty happy with my college experience. When I was deciding where to go, my high school guidance counselor actually told me that choosing a school for that reason was not crazy. After doing it, I agree. Many people end up doing something completely different than what they studied in school that it almost doesn't matter. I suppose if you have your heart set on being a doctor or an engineer this method may not work out for you though. Now that I think of it, the OP probably shouldn't be taking advice from random people on the internet.
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Old 04-15-07, 07:05 PM   #20
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I see the logic in both.

One hard truth though. The better the school you go to, the less number of people will have chosen it just because it's a nice place to bike around. Them brainiacs will screw a person right into the ground in calculus lab.
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Old 04-15-07, 07:08 PM   #21
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we have a couple bike racks and around here... and sometimes i see people on magnas and huffys.
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Old 04-15-07, 07:09 PM   #22
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Where do you go now?

If you are looking for great road and mountain riding, Athens (Ohio University) is a great place. Bike theft isn't a real problem.

The school is pretty good, the town is great, bar scene is hopping, but the University administration is out of control.
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When I went to visit my friends at UC Santa Cruz, it seemed really bike friendly.
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University of Missouri at Columbia. I go there (here?).

Columbia MO is a pretty bike friendly town too. It's often touted to be the number 1 college town, however that's decided.
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