How’s the commute around FAMU? Can I ride my bike to campus?

Thinking about driving to campus? Reconsider! I know how it feels to get stuck behind the school bus and not finding parking before class. It's the absolute worst! Especially when you spend so much on gas to end up driving to campus in stop-and-go traffic and wind up late for class. Living and commuting from the different FAMU apartments in Tallahassee shouldn't be so difficult. RentTally totally gets it.

Being economically and environmentally friendly is the thing to do nowadays. Long gone are cars that guzzle gas and pollute Earth. Now we've got eco-friendly cars and co-workers, peers and strangers are biking, carpooling or using public transportation. All in order to save a few dollars, reduce traffic and be easy on the planet. Talk about “where do I begin,” am I right?

RIGHT! Well if you're considering commuting to FAMU from your apartment, consider where you live in relation to campus. How long of a drive is it? What time do you head to school? How bad is the traffic at that hour? FAMU apartments in Tallahassee can be up to a 10 to 20 minute drive away, depending on where you live. You've got to make sure that all these factors are understood before deciding whether or not bike to campus. If it's a close drive, consider that when riding a bike, it takes much longer than driving even if it's just 2 miles away.

Living near FAMU means you could possibly live near or on Tennessee St. and this area is much busier than North or Southeast Tallahassee due to the abundance of students, young professionals, the bustling nightlife and strips of shops and restaurants. Biking through this traffic, however, means you have an advantage! Bike lanes are going to be your new best friend. There is a chance 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 fast as the guys at Jimmy Johns or Lance Armstrong.

Also consider the weather: Spring and summers in the panhandle can be fierce and the winters, even for Florida, are freezing. Biking wouldn't necessarily be your best option because of the weather during these seasons and because of the long commute via bike. The Weather Channel and the new Google Maps can be your best friend when planning your commute in the mornings.

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 is crazy. 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. Just because you're riding a bike 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 greased and working fine. Hate to catch a flat on your way to class!
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