Getting rid of Park and Ride

After a decade of sparing students the discomfort of being outside, Fredonia is getting rid of it’s Park and Ride Service. This means that some students will now have to walk a third of a mile.

Apparently, this is an injustice to some: “But what if it’s cold? Or dark? Or raining? Or snowy?”

Turns out Park and Ride was never meant for students. When Maytum was undergoing renovations in ’09, staff offices were moved out by the baseball field and the shuttle was established to help them get around. Then everyone started using it, because hey, if you give humans an easier way to do things, they take it.

This is, of course, one of the roots of the obesity epidemic: too much convenience.

On Monday President Horvath sent an e-mail about Park and Ride. I might be reading too much into this, but one of her lines comes off as a direct rebuttal against convenience:  “The Park and Ride Service is not a transportation service for people with disabilities.”

If you’re the kind of person who needs less exercise in your life, then by all means complain about the loss of Park and Ride.

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