First off, a skateboard is fun! Walking is pretty fun, but weaving through a crowd of people on a piece of wood strapped to wheels is seriously exhilarating. Theres nothing quite like it.
A skateboard is also a green way to commute. The only thing required to get a skateboard moving is yourself. Since it requires no fuel and doesnt pollute the environment, its much better than other alternatives.
One downside to a skateboard is that it takes the life of a tree. This isnt really a problem because its only a single tree and the board will last a very long time, but the fact that a tree was killed still upsets certain groups of people. Many skateboard companies have begun planting new trees for each one that gets chopped down for a skateboard to offset this problem.
Commuting with a skateboard is also incredibly easy. Theres a small learning curve that you have to beat, but its well worth it. When its all said and done, you can just strap on a helmet and go.
A lot of people like how you can ride a hill when you get tired of pushing. Just find a gnarly looking hill and shred it up! Theres nothing quite like the feeling of screaming down a hill on a little piece of wood. Its exciting.
If hills arent your thing and you still dont want to push, then try skitching. Skitching is when a skateboarder grabs on to the back of a car, or a bus, or anything else that moves. Its a free trip, but skitching has killed people in the past.
It would be stupid to skitch on a main road or street, and its not a good idea to skitch without permission of the driver. If you do end up skitching, dont skitch too fast or you will end up hurting yourself.
Skateboarding is also great if youre a student. Many universities have banned skateboarding, but a few havent. Skating on campus is a great thing to do.
Youll find that skating on campus is great because it helps you get to class on time. You also avoid fighting for a spot in the parking lot. If you live close to campus, you could commute to the actual campus, and avoid traffic in the process.
Some even use their skateboard as a way to lose weight. Commuting long distances on a skateboard can be a good workout. Its possible to lose a good amount of weight skateboarding, and I highly recommend you give it a try if youre looking for an alternative to your treadmill.
You know now how useful a skateboard can be when it comes to commuting. If you dont already have one, get one. For what you receive, a skateboard is relatively cheap. They also last a long time. Dont forget to wear your safety gear; but most of all, have fun!