LIVE AND LEARN: Inspired parking possibilities for students

Luis Bahena

It’s no surprise that parking sucks here at City College. Just the other day a professor had to cancel a class because he couldn’t find parking.

Yet for me, I’ve never had a problem with parking at City College. That is of course, I never paid the $30 for a parking permit, nor do I have to look for loose change in my car to pay the meter machines.

Nope, why pay when you can park at Inspiration Point in Balboa Park for free!

The only draw back is the walk down to campus. But really, how can that be a negative when walking is a healthy way of maintaining activity… Right?

Okay, okay, not everyone has the time to enjoy the quick 5 to 10 minute walk from Inspiration Point to campus, but there’s always a shuttle.

That is if you want to wait anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes for it to show up?

No thanks I’ll take the walk. Besides, it’s a good way to wake up my brain by getting my blood flowing and hopefully burning a couple of calories while I’m at it too.

But seriously, I don’t see why more people don’t park in that parking area.

It’s not too far from campus, the shuttle service runs every 20 minutes, and it’s a really good healthy walk to and from campus.

As students, we’re all busy with scurrying to classes, worrying about work and dealing with issues at home. Not to mention trying to balance a social life on top of that.

No, the last thing we need is more stress by not being able to find parking and getting to class late.

Of course, timing is everything. I leave my house at around 10:20 a.m. for my class that starts at 11:10 a.m.

I don’t live too far from campus, so the drive is anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. I guess some of us are not that lucky in regards to living close by, however.

I have to say, that I do have to applaud all those students that are going “green” and are taking alternative methods of transportation.

Never have I seen more bicyclists on this campus. The bicycle racks are literally overfilled with bikes.

But seriously people, the benefits of taking a stroll from the Inspiration Point parking are various.

For one, you get that blood going which is good for keeping you awake when one is starting their freakishly early class.

Another, you’re not driving around in circles looking for parking when you know you’re not going to find one.

Also, while you’re driving around in circles, you’re wasting gas. With the cost of gas prices lately I’m pretty sure one can’t afford to be wasting gas going around in circles.

And finally, it’s free! Talk about saving money. In more ways than one!

Save on gas, save on buying a parking permit (when it really isn’t worth it to begin with!), and you win with your health!

Isn’t it a good thing to go for a morning walk right before class?

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