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Civilization has come a long way in modes of transportation. Today, we have many options for transporting ourselves from point A to point B. In a big city, many of these outlets are used daily. But here, in the rural setting of UNH, most of us small-towners may be unfamiliar to the rules of the college road.
From my observations and some traumatic experiences over the past few years, I've learned a lot and have just as much to comment on.
Let's look at the ways kiddo's move around Durham, NH:
This lady is an awesome bicyclist! She is in the bike lane! Some people think they're too cool for that designated area of the road. I almost ran into someone once who shot out of nowhere from the Whit; I looked for bikers in said bike lane and there were none. I don't know why they got so aggravated when they almost collided with my vehicle. That lead me to the importance of helmets. This woman rocks it and you can too.
Mopeds, and/or scooters, are pretty hot right now. It's not even weird to see two bro's riding up Strafford on one. This group of three is weird though, and definitely dangerous. I think mopeds are a perfect compromise between a bicycle and car. They go a decent speed and they obey the traffic laws. Bicyclists think they can weave around lanes and pedal faster across crosswalks rather than stop like they should.
Obviously cars are on campus. I made the mistake of driving on Garrison one morning. I almost killed about 17 of my fellow students. EVERYONE! BE CAREFUL OF CARS! You people are quick and can dart from blindspot to blindspot without drivers noticing. If you're driving, be ultra alert and don't put the pedal to the medal because you're bound to get pulled over, if not hurt someone.
Walking, probably the most common of campus goers, is just as dangerous. As you can see here, people talk to others while they walk, they rummage through bags, they text, they make phone calls, they don't really pay close attention. When you walk down Quad Way, make sure you have at least one eye on the road. You never know when a runner will come up behind you or when a bike is gonna zoom by or if a car will have to pull into a parking spot.
To recap: Anything with wheels needs to obey traffic laws in my opinion. You got wheels, use 'em responsibly. And everyone, on feet or not, needs to look up at crosswalks to avoid injury.
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