As Little 500 approaches and this odd spring air arrives in Bloomington, the streets are active with participants. Added to the list of speeding cars and steel buses are the Little 500 cyclists, racing for the best pre-season and blowing people away as they pass. All over the hilly town, biking is a popular mode of transportation and fitness by students, faculty, and staff.
Bringing a bike is a great idea when deciding on what to take or leave behind at home. There are places all over campus to park your bike too. Usually each building has its own bike lock area. Other than squirrels nibbling the padded seat (which is what happened to my bike) your vehicle is safe and untouched!
During the winter, there are a few cube looking contraptions that are available to lock up your bike away from the cold. But most students just park their bike in the window, or any left over space you might have, (may have to move all those textbooks)!
If you are already a cyclist and know what are the gears mean on a bike and are interested in sororities or fraternities, many of the houses have their own team for the Little 500. You can find out more about that when you pledge!
Other teams are formed also, that are not Greek related. So, whether it's for leisure, transportation to class, or training for the most exciting and largest collegiate race in the U.S., bring a bike and ride on!