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Meet the Staff: Kristina

Name: Kristina
Occupation: Executive Director
Employer: Downtown On the Go
Gets around by: Bike or Bus

Where do you live and where do you work?
I live near the University of Puget Sound and work downtown.

How do you get there?
I bike when the weather is good and bus when it’s crummy.

My bike route is usually South 8th to the St. Helens bike lanes on the way in and St. Helens to the Yakima Bike Blvds on the way home (and then the long way through UPS campus). I generally ride a cruiser so the gradual hill is really important on the way up!

I live off of 6th Ave and am lucky enough to have four buses an hour (Route 1 and 11) so it’s easy to hop on the next one no matter what time I need to get to work.

How does it all add up? How much money and time do you save?
We’re a one-car family so we know we save somewhere around $9,000 a year by not having a second car. On the occasion that I do drive to work, I am keenly aware of the fact that I save $8/day on parking when I don’t. My ORCA card is provided through work so the bus is an incredibly affordable option. As far as time, it’s only about 10 minutes longer to bus or bike than it is to drive and the other benefits are so worth it. On the bus, I also get my reading or Twitter time in!

What’s in it for you?
I feel better when I ride my bike and I see more of my community. And I get a lot done when I ride the bus.

Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time?
Call Downtown On the Go! 🙂 If that’s not your style, I would encourage everyone to check the bus schedule – there are a lot more buses running than you think and it might just be easier than driving. For biking or busing, it’s great to have a friend to do it with the first time. Try out a bike route on a weekend or choose to take the bus when you know you don’t have to be to work for an important meeting. Once you give it a try, it’s easy to make it part of a routine.

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