By Karen Ramirez
Can motorcycles be a part of the solution to the climate change crisis? Two FDU motorbike commuters discuss their commuting journeys.
Luis Quintero, an FDU senior, rides a Honda 250cc motorcycle. He said he appreciates his motorcycle and its gas saving.
“During a week of commuting a distance of 20 to 30 minutes, I only have to put $20 in my tank to fill it back up again,” Quintero said. Parking it, however, is the same as for regular cars. Both take up a whole parking spot.
Andres Serna, a junior at FDU, drives a Harley Davidson Breakout 2019. While his engine is a 1870cc, his fill-up costs the same as Quintero’s. “When I first bought this motorcycle, I thought gas would be more expensive. But usually, on a regular week, I can fill my tank with $20.”
Serna earned his license at The Riding Center in New Jersey, which serves West Orange, Roseland, East Orange, Montclair, Verona, Caldwell, Fairfield and Riverdale.
Fairleigh Dickinson offers an online course that is a prerequisite for the Basic Rider course. In a parking lot, the university administers BRC2, which permits a rider to carry one passenger. Additionally, FDU offers one-to-one training for a 2.5 hour session.
This story part of The Equinox’s participation in a statewide climate reporting collaboration by members of the NJ College News Commons, a network of campus media outlets working together to cover the climate crisis in New Jersey.