Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
Hey, Ted...you're a runner.
Did you see this letter in the paper?
Yeah, I did...and I use those...
I think it's a terrible idea.
Well, she really hasn't thought it through...
like, the thing about making them safer-
what she's not thinking about is the long-term consequences of running on a hard surface.
What do you mean?
I mean, it's not good for you...it's too hard on your bones and joints.
If you run repeatedly on a hard surface,
it can lead to injuries...or, that's what I've been taught, anyway...
it's better to run on a soft surface.
It does less damage to your body.
Oh...I wasn't aware of that.
Yeah, so actually it wouldn't be safer.
And her second point...
About changing the way they look?
Yeah, I don't think people will like it.
So they'd use them less?
Yeah, I mean one of the main reasons people enjoy them now is it's a way of taking a break from the rest of campus...
from buildings and streets and stuff...
it's, you know, a chance to feel like you're out in nature.
Oh...so you wouldn't get that effect anymore.
Right...it'd just be like you were on a regular street or sidewalk.
It wouldn't be as relaxing.