Getting around the old fashioned way
Students abandon cars with gas prices on the rise
Ted Thompson Collegio Reporter
As gas prices continue to increase, Pittsburg State University students are starting to notice the effects on their wallets.
Tyson Letourneau, junior in construction management and delivery person for Papa John’s Pizza, drives a 1995 Cadillac Deville and fills up often.
“Well, because of my job, I’m forced to drive,” Letourneau said. “So I ride my bike to class to save money.”
If gas prices continue to rise in the coming months, more students will find themselves in Letourneau’s situation; forced to park their cars and find other ways to get to class.
Though a simple solution to high gas prices would be to walk, some students have back-to-back classes across campus.
For example, Alex Lord, junior in construction management, has to get from the Kansas Technology Center to Grubbs Hall three times a week and has only 10 minutes to do so. Like Letourneau, Lord has chosen not to use his car. He rides a longboard (a type of skateboard) to class.
“I enjoy it more than riding a bike,” Lord said.
But most students who don’t drive or walk ride a bike to class. Because bikes are more common, the university is working to accommodate them, according to Tom Amershek, director of building trades and landscape maintenance.
“We do have multiple bike racks on campus and try to keep up with locations on campus where bikes are being doubled up,” Amershek said.
Roger Lomshek, owner of the Tailwind Cyclists Shop, says that it is not uncommon to see increased bike sales after gas prices go up. He says bike riders have long-term benefits in mind, and not just immediate savings. Lomshek calls these people “forward thinking” and expects to see more like them.