Making the Best of Not Having a Car
Not every college student can afford to own a car, so if you, like me, are one of those car-less students, you need to find other ways to get around the beautiful city of San Angelo.
San Angelo isn’t a huge city, but we do have some areas that are lacking in sidewalks. When I would need to get groceries, it was a little harder to ride my bike because there were no sidewalks, so I either had to ride on the street or the grass.
Here are a few tips to help you navigate your way around.
Walk to Places
Walking is the most used option for students who don’t have cars. Walking, for one, is a good exercise and can definitely burn those extra calories. It is also the cheapest way to get around. Most things on campus are within walking distance, like your classes and dorms. Off-campus destinations, however, require a bit more planning. The good thing about where ASU is located is there are grocery stores, a Starbucks, convenience stores and fast-food and other restaurants close by. Everything a college student needs — all within about a 10-minute walk.
Ride Your Bike
Having a bicycle is very convenient because not only does it get you to your destination faster, it doesn’t cost much to maintain. Again, the lack of sidewalks and bike lanes is going to be a problem because you might be stuck riding on the grass or amid traffic in the street. Flat tires are another issue, so always have a pump handy so you can refill the tires with air. A basket on your bike can also be useful when going to get groceries or even a fast-food meal so you don’t have to carry something with one hand while maneuvering your bike. It makes everything that much easier.
Ride the Ram Tram
The Ram Tram is a city bus route available for free to ASU students on weekends. The bus picks up students at the Plaza Verde and Centennial Village residence halls and then continues through southwest San Angelo, Sherwood Way, downtown and back to ASU, running every hour on the half hour. Check out this post about available public transportation to learn more.
Ask a Friend
One thing I recommend is that, if you have friends with cars, just ask them to help you out. Most of the time, they are willing to take you. You should be prepared to pitch in for gas money, however, especially if it is for a longer ride or a trip the driver was not already planning to make. Asking is something I often do because it’s just convenient and I’m always hanging out with my friends, so I always just catch a ride with one of them.
The one things that most students worry about and hate when it comes to not having a car and having to rely on walking or riding a bike is that the weather can be unpredictable. It can be either really hot or really cold some days or just pouring down rain, which isn’t always the best time to go out. Also, walking or riding your bike at night can be a little sketchy. It’s not always the safest at night, so when doing so get blinkers on your bike or wear a safety belt to give people a better chance of seeing you.
Although having your own car would simplify all your transportation struggles, for a lot of us, it’s just not a possibility. But with these other options, you will not not only save money, but you might also get some exercise.