Sometime around July 2011, talks were going on between Higher Secondary Schools’ Association and Kathmandu Metropolitan Traffic Police to ban the three ms- Motorcycles, Miniskirts and Mobiles in colleges. While rumors spread that these bikers will have to sack their ride to college; the law, if there was any has not been implemented till date. Einstein Academy in Mahalaxmisthan is one of many colleges that have catered to this need to maintain disciplined driving, thus students are not allowed to bring two-wheelers unless absolutely necessary. We asked a few students of the college their take on this. Let’s hear what they have got to say.

 

Puran Thapa
What do you have to say on riding bikes to college?
Microbuses pose a lot of threat, if you ask me. There are pickpockets to fear and there are chances that girls might get sexually harassed in public transportation. But I am no fan of bikes either.

Nikita Maharjan
What do you have to say on riding bikes to college?
From what I have seen, many students do not have license and bring bikes to college anyway. This should be checked. Young bikers also cross the speed limit which invites road accidents.

 

Do you think the rule that states school students are not to bring their bikes to college has been implemented?
I do not think so. We have done it this way for a long time and it will take a lot of determination of the part of those in authority to change things. In our college itself, we have morning classes and we have only one college bus so students who live far away have no other option.

 

Bijay Poudel
What do you have to say on riding bikes to college?
Public transportation takes a lot of your time, they have various stops and they take in way too many people so it is neither comfortable nor punctual. When you have your own bike, it is way more comfortable and you don’t waste/ lose much of your time.

What do you think should be done to reduce road accidents?
I think it’s time two-storied buses are introduced in Nepal because a lot of accidents also happen because conductors let in way too many people than the vehicle can accommodate. College going bikers should understand the ills of recklessness; it is only up to them to drive with conscience. I do not think it is anything that can be forced upon.

Do you think the rule that states school students are not to bring their bikes to college has been implemented?
No because I see that being done everywhere, students are still taking their two wheelers to college.

 

Joanne Magarati
Would you give in to the rule if you had a two-wheeler?
Yes, specially because of what I witnessed this morning. On my way to college, I saw that two students in a bike were severely injured in a road accident.

 

Sailesh Sharma
What do you have to say on riding bikes to college?
The young riders usually lack experience that is what makes them prone to road accidents. Riding bike is not always that comfortable.

 

What do you think should be done to reduce road accidents?
I do not agree with Bijay on introducing two-storeyed buses in Kathmandu for we can’t afford to do that. There are telephone and electricity wires that will be dismantled if that is done.

 

Sunita Bhandari
Do you think they are right in making this rule?
Yes, riding bike is more uncomfortable than taking public transportation according to me. Petrols are scarce every few months and I hate the idea of waiting in line for petrol. But the micros are usually crowded so either way we suffer.

 

Would you give in to the rule if you had a two-wheeler?
Absolutely, I would never ride a two-wheeler in the first place. Two sisters in my neighborhood died in a road accident, since then I have been reasoning with the idea of getting a scooter.