Bicycles have long been an important of Oberlin campus life. When I was a student, there was an active and generally successful honor system that meant, for examples, that examinations were given without the presence of faculty members or other proctors. Nevertheless "borrowing" unlocked bicycles was a common event!
Interesting story and but I will lock my bike. ")
LOL! Those were the days my friend!
Wow, it's like a bicycle shrine! I have never seen anything like this! A whole enormous roof, just for some bikes... I know that Ohio doesn't get that much sun, and I don't think they get that much rain... It seems like an extravagance. Do they have roofs over the payphones and park benches too? Maybe put a roof over the flower gardens, and a roof over the sidewalks, and a roof over all the parking lots too... I bet the dark patch in front of the bike rack is the shadow of another roof...
Oh, also, it's a great photo Marilyn! I like how the name of the building is circled. I'm guessing there are some jokes about the name? :)
Thanks for your comments, Wallace, Sonny, and Ryan. Yes, please lock your bike!
I'd never seen anything like this either, Ryan. There's another one just to the right of this, and I didn't see any others on campus. (No shelters over other things, either!) As for the climate--well, my classmates and I thought it rained a great deal, and in winter there was sometimes wet snow that felt like instant slush (perhaps lake-effect snow off Lake Erie?). So we would have welcomed such shelters! (I vaguely remember putting a shower cap over my bike seat as protection.) And yes, I'm sure there are jokes about the learning center's name though as a mere alum, I'm not privy to them.
The design indeed celebrates two wheelers. We have lots of those sheds in India, where most of the trafic used to be on bicycles, now more and more on bikes and increasingly in cars... Cough Cough...!
Being a cycle lover, I find it makes lots of sense to favour the cycles (parking closer to the buildings) and protect them from the Monsoon showers.
Long live bicycle!
Yes, I saw the cars, the motorcycles, and the motorscooters--and I felt what they did to the air! I'm all in favour of cycles, and of protecting them from showers.
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