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DULUTH – Students at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and The College of St. Scholastica who want a break from walking, driving or catching the bus could have more options to get to campus.
The way UMD students get to campus is as diverse as the classes they take.
"I prefer to take the bus rather than walk just to save my legs, I guess," UMD Student Beau Goff said.
"I like the freedom of not being on the bus schedule and walking,” UMD student Nick Motzko said. “It takes a half hour to walk, five minutes to ride my bike, so it's a lot faster."
Whether they walk or ride, students may soon have the option to take a different route.
UMD is partnering with other community businesses to build a new pedestrian and bike pathway.
"It's a really good idea, it is," said Motzko.
"I think it'd be awesome,” said Johnson. “I definitely think it would help.”
The proposed four mile Lowell to Lakewalk route will go from Rice Lake Road by Campus Park through and along the UMD and CSS campuses and end at the existing Lakewalk.
"I think that's a good spot to have one just cause there's a lot of people that live at Campus Park that are basically either riding the bus or their driving their own cars," said Motzko. “Just giving them the opportunity to ride their own bike would be really nice for them."
"I have friends up there so it would be convenient to be able to get there just cutting through everything instead of going all the way around," said Johnson.
Other than a new route to campus, students feel the new trail could serve other purposes.
"It'd be something to get out of classes and you can take a bike ride to kind of get your mind off of school for a little bit," said Motzko.
"I think people are generally lazy, so I think it would be a good way to motivate them and to get active and get outside," said Johnson.
The new trail could also relieve students from traffic and parking along with helping them save money they usually spend on gas and bus fare.
Officials tell FOX 21 they will have a better idea of when construction for the trail will be complete once they secure funding.