My own 2007 New Year’s resolution RESOLVES TO KEEP BIKING TO CLASS, HELPING SELF AND THE EARTH

Our world is ridden with scientific proof of growing climate change, and ever-increasing oil prices. As an informed college student, I'm helping ensure that the world will still be beautiful when I graduate.

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Published January 22, 2007 by La Voz Weekly
By Takashi Maseba

CA — New Year's is the time for everyone to self-reflect and make a commitment for self-improvement.

My 2007 New Year's resolution is to continue commuting to De Anza College by riding my bicycle. Doing so has maintained and improved my physical and mental fitness, the environment, and my pocketbook.

Our world is ridden with scientific proof of growing climate change, and ever-increasing oil prices. As an informed college student, I'm helping ensure that the world will still be beautiful when I graduate.

Riding a bicycle to campus on most days will ensure one would get the 30 minutes of exercise a day that most health professionals recommend for adults for optimum health.

Cycling, along with living a healthy lifestyle, will make everyone feel better, more energetic, and over time will decrease the chances of serious health problems that come with a sedentary lifestyle.

People will even look better as they lose fat and gain muscle tone. This could increase self-esteem and overall feeling of wellbeing.

Most of all, cycling to and from school saves one from the hassle of what is commonly known as the "parking lot ballet," when dozens of cars try to exit or enter the parking lots at once.

This may be reason enough to encourage others to ride their bikes, if only to avoid this headache. It is so much easier to be able to breeze your way to class without having to find a parking spot, or having to rush out to your car after class only to be stuck in traffic wondering how long you?re going to be there.

Finally, there are the financial benefits. Not driving those 23,000 miles this year will save $2,900 in gas, $90 for parking, and $240 in maintenance costs.

Perhaps if enough students joined the cycling commute, great things will come out of it. Maybe De Anza could convert the auto tech lab building into an institute for renewable fuels, or tear down one of the parking structures to build more classroom space.

My New Year's resolution is a "win-win" scenario for both the environment and me. Hopefully, more students will choose this environmentally and physically friendly way of travel.