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College Guide 2013

This is Why You Need a Bike

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Rachel Bowes

Want to sport a head-turning accessory on campus? Get a bike

Brackenridge Park, conveniently located down the street from the University of the Incarnate Word and snuggled up against the San Antonio Zoo, not only has plenty of biking trails and shade, but also easily accessible B-Cycle stations at the Zoo and the Witte Museum.

Another option is McAllister Park: 984 acres of green space, featuring 15 miles of trails, so you can get your quiet time and workout simultaneously, or Woodlawn Lake Park, which is a centrally located destination for cyclists.

The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System is yet another way San Antonio is catering to cyclists—namely those who are tired of double yellow lines and batshit-crazy drivers, featuring 41 miles of greenway trails following the Leon and Salado creeks. The program is expanding rapidly and presently has the funding for 85 miles of planned trails, with a goal of 130 miles of hike and bike trails along San Antonio’s creekways.

Biking is healthy, it saves money and it earns you an environmental happy-face sticker. It’s also perfect for college students, whether you park off campus and bike to class to save cash or bike to get away from school and drown your knowledge of equations and AP writing style in a bucket of beer or a lap around the lake. It doesn’t matter if you use it for commuting, recreation, performance cycling or just lookin’ sexy, every student should own a bike.

College Guide 2013
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