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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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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

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:

The League of American Bicyclists offers a number of courses and has some Ride Better tips on line at:
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