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This is the first year I’ve had a bike on campus.  It is also the first year I’ve had a car.  After three years of having only my own two feet to get me anywhere, I was ecstatic to have my options triple.  However, I soon realized how much I was taking advantage of the fact that I had a car—I was spending money and wasting gas on trips that I could have done via bike.


The pollution that comes from driving our cars is a topic that has been drilled into us since kindergarten.  We have all seen gas prices rise beyond belief, so the financial factor and depleting oil reserves are probably not new news either.  These are all reasons I made a deal with myself to not drive my car unless completely necessary, but they aren’t the only ones.  An important factor in “going green” is health.  Not just the health of the planet, but of ourselves.Bikes

Biking and walking are both great forms of exercise.  Even if it is just a quick stroll to class, or a brief ride to the grocery store, your body will appreciate it.  Now that it is May, the weather here in McMinnville is starting to remain sunny and warm.  There was a reason we were always told to go outside and play as kids—being outdoors is good for us!  Fresh air and sunshine easily brighten my mood.  As the end of the semester nears, I have found that being outside is a great stress reliever as well.

If you’re already an avid biker or walker—that’s awesome!  If not, try walking or biking somewhere you’d normally drive, and see how it feels.

The Linfield campus is becoming more and more bike-friendly—several new bike racks were just installed by Alternative Spring Break participants, and the Linfield Bike Co-Op is now open and running.

July 2020