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Bike in DC
« on: February 27, 2005, 11:34:41 AM »
I've been accepted to GM, AU and CUA and was wondering if people used bikes to get to campus. I have a car now, but am incredibly hesitant to bring it to a major urban area - figure it would be too much of a headache. I grew up and went to UG in small towns (20K each), and the thought of using a car in an urban area seems incredibly unattractive.

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Re: Bike in DC
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2005, 02:50:43 PM »
I currently reside in DC (moved from Texas straight from undergrad in a midsize town in Texas....cars there a MUST). When I visited GMU, the student I toured with said that a car is a must (at least 70% own a car). Having a car here is a blessing and a curse at times. I like to visit some of the malls and other stores in the burbs in which a car is a must. I also like to just drive around town on the weekends just to discover the city. I am pretty lucky because I live a few blocks from the Capitol and there is ample free parking behind my building....so I can Metro to work daily and have my car to go grocery shopping on the weekend. Plus I fly out to Texas A LOT and having a car is a MAJOR blessing in that respect. If you are used to having a car all the time (like me) then I think having your car here is necessary. You can be self-sufficient in the GMU area without a car especially if you live in one of the nice apartments in that area. CU and AU are kinda off and away from the DC city area as well and its a female dog taking the Metro and Bus to get to campus if you are going to use the public transportation system (also, the Metro closes at midnight on the weeknights, which will suck if you want to stay late anywhere in the city). Just my two cents on the DC transportation system.
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Re: Bike in DC
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2005, 04:04:50 PM »
Your three schools are all out in the suburbs, which means a car is easier to deal with than if you were looking at GW and GULC, which are right in the city. I lived in DC for a year without a car, and it was doable. The metro is really convenient, but living within walking distance of a metro stop majorly jacks up the rent you'll pay on your apartment. If you think you'll need a car once in a while, you might consider signing up with ZipCar or the competing service whose name I can't remember, which rents cars by the hour from metro stations.

Also beware if you're living in Virginia - they have a very high "car tax". DC and Maryland don't, though.

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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2005, 04:11:51 PM »
It's a pretty big hassle to get your car registered if you are living in the district. Also, parking can be expensive and sparse.

Bikes can be nice but don't bring a real nice one because it will get stolen no matter what type of chain you use. Apart from using it for transportation there are a bunch of nice bike trails around the DC area.

I plan on mostly using public transportation and renting a car if I want to take a trip anywhere (If you are over 21 you can rent in DC. In other places the age limit is 25/26).

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Re: Bike in DC
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2005, 04:14:43 PM »
Bring your car, keep it registrated where you currently reside if possible. As a student- you aren't required to change your tags, as long as the MVA has a student record on file. DC car insurance is also the most expensive in the country.
Besides, you don't want to ride a bike in the wintertime.
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2005, 04:15:02 PM »
How far out of the way is Catholic?  It doesn't seem "in the burbs" as you say but I've never been there.

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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2005, 04:18:59 PM »
Catholic is definitley not in the suburbs.  It's not right "downtown" - i.e. Capitol Hill, but few things are except for gov't buildings, monuments, and businesses. 

Catholic is in Northeast DC, which is not the nicest area of DC but not the very worst.  It's on a metro stop and you'd need to drive or metro to the nicer places in DC, such as Adam's Morgan, U-Street, or Dupont Circle, which are where you'll find the good restaurants, shopping, bars, and clubs.

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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2005, 04:20:23 PM »
How far out of the way is Catholic?  It doesn't seem "in the burbs" as you say but I've never been there.

it isn't in the burbs..it's in NE DC (and metro friendly)...less than 10 minutes from Howard University, and down the street from Washington Children's Hospital
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2005, 04:40:05 PM »
That's what I thought.  What would you say the best area to live is in relation Catholic?  Also the cheapest while at the same time being safe; I know that's a bit of a tall order (I'm single and don't require much space).

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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2005, 04:44:14 PM »
That's what I thought.  What would you say the best area to live is in relation Catholic?  Also the cheapest while at the same time being safe; I know that's a bit of a tall order (I'm single and don't require much space).

what's your price range?
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