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Driving to campus from your Full Sail Off Campus Housing community can be a hassle. I know how it feels to get stuck behind the bus and not finding parking on time for class. It's the pits…especially when you spend so much on gas to be driving around in circles and stopping every 15 seconds.
Being economically and environmentally friendly is a big deal in today's day and age. It's no longer a rare sight to see co-workers, peers and strangers biking, carpooling or using public transportation. You can save money on gas, reduce traffic and be easy on the planet. So why not try the new alternative?
If you're thinking of commuting to Full Sail from your apartment, consider where you live in relation to campus. How long of it is a drive? What time do you head to school? How bad is the traffic at that hour? Apartments by Full Sail can be up to a 15 to 20 minute drive away. You've got to make sure that all these factors are understood.
Do you live in between the UCF and Full Sail area? On University Boulevard? University Blvd. gets pretty congested in the early morning and in the afternoon towards UCF. Students going and leaving campus can cause a nice delay, no matter how big the campus. Also, there are a lot of businesses and people working in the area nearby.
Apartments by Full Sail, but closer to, Winter Park, are not excluded from traffic jams. With school zones and popular streets (Semoran Blvd., Aloma Ave.) for commuters working all throughout Orlando, certain times of the day, especially around 5 p.m., are extremely busy. Biking through traffic means you have an advantage, thanks to those sweet bike lanes. Your commute doesn't have to be as long as it would be if you stayed driving your car. Do however, add extra time for your bike ride as you might not be as speedy as Lance Armstrong.
Here's some extra tips if you're going to ride your bike to campus:
- Record your commute time to campus on a day before classes start. The weekend is a great time to see how long it'll take you to get there. If you have class early in the morning, just add a few minutes just in case traffic slows you down. But in this case at least you know how long it'll take you to get there.
- Wear a helmet and abide by the city laws for bikes. You may be the next Tour de France winner, but that doesn't mean you can't get a ticket or get hurt. Riding your bike side-by-side cars in traffic can get a little risky.
- Make sure your tires are full of air and all your gears are working fine. Hate to catch a flat on your way to class!