Faculty members at Florida Tech have recently looked into motorcycle dealerships around town that offer leases for students in need of transportation.
The main vehicles they looked into were electronic and gas-powered scooters, as well as motorcycles.
The discussion occurred about a month back according to David Beavers, an electronic lab manager.
Beavers wanted to find an affordable solution for students without personal transportation on campus.
“There are at least five companies in town that offer gas and electric scooters and bikes at relatively low cost to students,” Beavers said. “This is something the sustainability folks would be interested in, especially the electronic motorcycles.”
However, since this would not be a program run by the school, students would still be responsible for getting their own motorcycle’s license and corresponding insurance.
Students around campus such as Diego Gonzalez, a junior in mechanical engineering, agrees on this idea being brought to light.
“If I knew about this when I was a freshman, I could’ve saved a lot of money by not having to buy a car,” Gonzalez said. “I definitely recommend any incoming freshman or student without a vehicle to make the investment if they have the money to do so.”
Gonzalez also mentioned how motorcycles are much better on gas, as the insurance is usually lower.
Additionally, it is easier to find parking spots around campus.
However, students such as Jake Gaier, a senior in business, said this could potentially turn into a bad idea for an inexperienced motorist.
“I’ve been riding dirt bikes and motorcycles for most of my life, and in my experience, I’ve met unlicensed motorist who ride better than people with motorcycle licenses,” Gaier said. “I think if students who have little to no experience on these bikes start leasing them to use, it could result in a lot of accidents around campus if they’re not careful.”
Gaier suggests that students who don’t have the experience of riding motorcycles should first start out on scooters, due to them being cheaper, having less power and being a little safer.
If you’re interested in leasing a motorcycle or scooter, places such as Space Coast Harley Davidson, Suzuki Motors and Honda of Melbourne are a few places to start.