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Name: Carrie
Occupation: Press Secretary
Employer: Congressman Adam Smith, U.S. House of Representatives
Gets around by: Bicycle

Where do you live and where do you work?
I live in the Stadium District and work downtown.

How do you get there?
Biking, occasionally walking or driving when my job takes me out of Tacoma.

How does it all add up? How much money or time do you save?  
I can get to work quicker on my bike than I can in my car. Only having to go to the gas station once every few weeks saves a lot of money–money that I can use for weekend excursions throughout the beautiful Northwest!

What’s in it for you?
My commutes are perfect “me” time.  Traveling by bike gives you the chance to see the city at a different pace, a much more personal view of Tacoma.  And even though Tacoma hills are intimidating, the ride back up the hill after work is a great way to stretch out after a day in the office. (Plus, compliments on strong legs make the hills totally worth it!)

Do you have any tips for people who may be trying this mode for the first time?
Watch other bike commuters to learn how they use signals and negotiate traffic; this will help you feel more confident when you get on your bike. Get comfortable by practicing on quieter streets, don’t just jump into riding on Pacific Avenue at 5:00pm!  And don’t feel like you need to invest in expensive biking clothes or fancy gear.  I’m always more likely ride when I can just jump on my bike and go!

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