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Name:  BEN
Occupation: Business Manager
Employer: University of Washington Tacoma
Gets around by (mode or modes): Bus and Bike

Where do you live and where do you work? 
I live in the North End, near University of Puget Sound and work at UW Tacoma.

How do you get there?
Usually by bike or bus…I sometimes take the car if I have an appointment or need to run errands before or after work.

How does it all add up?
I probably save about $50 a month, less if you count coffee (there’s two coffee shops next to my morning bus stop, go figure).  If I time it right, the bus takes about 20 minutes longer than driving.  Coming to work by bike is the fastest method since I don’t have to mess around with parking.

What’s in it for you?
Riding the bus or biking is a great way to transition between work and home.  Also, riding the bus is one of the few times when I can sit, close my eyes, and do nothing….or maybe just enjoy my coffee (see above).

What would you tell people trying biking or bussing for the first time? 
Start small.   I first started biking or bussing one out of every five days.  After a while that grew to two and three times per week.  It may feel odd or inconvenient at first, but you will come to value the time spent out of your car.  Finally, if you wear a bright neon yellow shell on the days that you bike and your workmates snicker as you walk by, don’t sweat it.  They’re just jealous!

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